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sudden unexplained death in epilepsy

A diagnosis which requires an autopsy for the death to be so labelled, which is defined as a “…sudden (in minutes to hours), unexpected (i.e., in his or her usual state of health during normal activities), witnessed or unwitnessed, non-traumatic and non-drowning death in a patient with known epilepsy, with or without evidence of seizure and excluding documented status epilepticus, in which post-mortem examination doesn’t reveal an anatomical or toxicologic cause of death.”

By definition, SUDEP is a diagnosis of exclusion and not due to any medical cause of death, respiratory disease (e.g., suffocation, asphyxia, aspiration, apnoea or respiratory failure), neurogenic pulmonary oedema, or cardiac disease (e.g., sympathetic (arrhythmias) or parasympathetic (bradycardia, asystole) activity). Post-mortem examinations in such patients is intended to exclude microscopic causes of death, e.g., myocardial fibrosis, pulmonary oedema, cerebral oedema.


sudden unexpected (or unexplained) death in epilepsy.
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The team's findings may be key in helping to decrease instances of SUDEP, Dlouhy says.
Because nocturnal seizures occur only during sleep (even during daytime naps), people may not follow full seizure safety recommendations, but they are still at risk for SUDEP.
It is believed that up to 25,000 people in Ireland have epilepsy, so SUDEP is very rare.
Our hope is that by having physicians, advocacy groups and patients come together as a community to discuss SUDEP, we will be able to work toward better patient care," said Jeffrey D.
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also to be involved with They were recently invited by Mrs Cameron to the reception she hosted at Downing Street for the charity, to launch its appeal to raise funds for research into a new sleep monitoring device that could help prevent SUDEP.
As well as raising more than PS1,000 for TCT and SUDEP Action the 15 inches of her hair that was cut off will be donated to the Little Princess Trust, which makes real hair wigs for children and young people.
Unlike Lindsay, Safina suffered with epilepsy as an adult yet Andrea believes they might have both been victims of SUDEP - Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.
The tragedy of losing a loved one in this manner is devastating, yet discussion of SUDEP is rarely included in patient education.
We wish to help the charity Epilepsy Bereaved raise awareness of SUDEP.
Studies suggest the incidence of SUDEP is 1 in 200 per year among patients with intractable epilepsy, and that this risk is erased in those whose seizures become well controlled, said Dr.