Category: "SUDEP"

Cardiac Pathology in SUDEP Compared With Sudden Arrhythmic or Traumatic Deaths

Cardiac Pathology in SUDEP Compared With Sudden Arrhythmic or Traumatic Deaths

There does not appear to be a higher prevalence of cardiac fibrosis among patients with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) compared with patients with autopsy-defined sudden arrhythmic death (SAD) or traumatic death, according to a study published in Neurology. Using data from the Postmortem Systematic Investigation of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) study, researchers identified […]

Social Events May Raise Risk of Status Epilepticus

Social Events May Raise Risk of Status Epilepticus

Birthdays. Christmas. New Year’s Eve. All can be times for celebration, but researchers have discovered that such occasions might bring increased risks for patients with epilepsy. These special days and other social events can precede status epilepticus (SE), seizures that last more than 5 minutes or occur in a series without a patient’s complete recovery […]

Brain MRI May Flag SUDEP Risk

Brain MRI May Flag SUDEP Risk

MRI of the brain can detect potentially life-threatening brainstem damage in patients with epilepsy, suggesting the test could be used as a biomarker to identify those at risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), new research shows.   “When we looked at the brain stem of people who died from SUDEP, we saw that […]

Sudden Deaths in Epilepsy May be Cardiac Disease

It is a little appreciated fact that about 10-20 percent of individuals who are told they have a seizure disorder and who are taking anticonvulsants actually never had epilepsy. Rather, the cause of their syncope was an intermittent cardiovascular event such as a vasovagal episode or an arrhythmia associated with cerebral hypoperfusion and motor movements […]

New Guideline Published on Uncommon Risk of Death in Epilepsy American Academy of Neurology

New Guideline Published on Uncommon Risk of Death in Epilepsy American Academy of Neurology

There is an uncommon risk of death that people with epilepsy and their loved ones may not know about. The risk is called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, or SUDEP. Now the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society have co-developed a new guideline on SUDEP, published in the April 24, 2017, […]

People with epilepsy: Tell us about rare risk of death

People with epilepsy: Tell us about rare risk of death

People with epilepsy want their health care providers to tell them about a rare risk of death associated with the disorder, according to a preliminary study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, April 22 to 28, 2017.

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