Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that knows no age limit. According to the World Health Organisation, it is one of the most frequent neurological pathologies, affecting approximately 50 million people worldwide.
Estimates suggest that in the European Union, between 2,270 and 7,000 deaths from epilepsy could be prevented every year (1).
Beyond the social stigma they produce, epileptic seizures present at least a physical risk for the patient (injuries to the tongue, risk of fractures or trauma from falls, etc.) and they can cause severe neurological damage if they last longer than five minutes.
Currently, there is no practical treatment to stop a seizure in an adult before the arrival of a medical professional.
(1) Tomson T, Walczak T, Sillanpaa M, Sander JW. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: a review of incidence and riskfactors. Epilepsia. 2005;46Suppl 11:54-61.