Childhood-onset epilepsy accelerates brain aging by 10 years

New data have highlighted signs of accelerated brain and cognitive aging in people with childhood-onset epilepsy (COE) who are now in their 60s, particularly in those with active disease.

Researchers from centers in Finland and the USA compared the course of brain and cognitive aging in a population-based cohort of subjects with uncomplicated COE and matched controls, followed for approximately 55 years. The participants were young children when the study began, and had a mean age of 63 years in 2017.