This study evaluated the effect of topiramate (TPM) on the quality of life (QOL) in childhood epilepsy, using the Korean quality of life in childhood epilepsy (K-QOLCE) questionnaire. An open label, prospective, observational study of the families of 664 children with epilepsy from 41 centers was conducted. The parents completed the K-QOLCE at the baseline visit and again 6. months after starting TPM treatment. The parents reported the seizure frequency at both assessment dates. Statistically significant improvements in all K-QOLCE domains except social functioning were found at 6. months after starting TPM treatment from the baseline-scores (P< 0.05). However, improved QOL scores were not dependent on the reduction in seizure frequency. TPM significantly improved QOL in children with epilepsy, suggesting its potential clinical benefits.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Clinical Neurology