Second-generation immigrants in Sweden have a lower epilepsy risk

Takeaway

  • Second-generation immigrant children are less likely to have epilepsy compared with children with Swedish-born parents, although there is a trend towards a higher incidence of epilepsy in boys from Turkey and Africa.

Why this matters

    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases globally, but the risk of epilepsy in immigrant children in Sweden was previously unknown, despite increasing immigration which has led to around 17% of the Swedish population being foreign-born.