Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

  title={Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy},
  author={Dale C Hesdorffer and Torbjōrn Tomson},
  journal={CNS drugs},
  volume={27 2},
Among people with epilepsy, there is a 20-fold higher risk of dying suddenly and unexpectedly compared with the general population. This phenomenon is called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and the term is used when sudden death occurs in an otherwise reasonably healthy person with epilepsy and the autopsy is unrevealing. In most cases, SUDEP occurs during sleep and is unwitnessed. Risk factors for SUDEP include the presence or number of generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS… CONTINUE READING


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