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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014. Epilepsy occurs throughout the world, and the prevalence appears to be higher in areas in which the incidence of infections of the central nervous system (CNS) is greater. However, establishing the causal relationship between infections and the development of epilepsy is difficult, since epilepsy occurs a variable period after an acute infection. In addition to this, not all people with chronic infestations of parasites develop epilepsy. We discuss possible CNS infections, particularly the neglected diseases associated with epilepsy, looking at possible mechanisms of epileptogenesis.

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Book title

Neglected Tropical Diseases and Conditions of the Nervous System

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355 - 367