Category: "SUDEP"

Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Researchers say they’ve identified a gene mutation that might increase the risk of sudden death in people with mild epilepsy. The researchers studied a four-generation family with nine members who had epilepsy caused by a mutation of the DEPDC5 gene.  This form of epilepsy is considered mild. But, two of the family members suffered what […]

Iowa researchers gain important insight into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Iowa researchers gain important insight into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is becoming increasingly recognized as a very real and devastating problem in which impaired breathing is thought to play a critical role. Researchers believe breathing may be impaired during and after seizures, without the patient’s knowledge. By using electrical stimulation to activate the amygdala, a group of University of […]

Seizure Frequency and Number of AEDs Play Role in Risk Factors for SUDEP

Seizure Frequency and Number of AEDs Play Role in Risk Factors for SUDEP

SUDEP is the most common “direct epilepsy-related” cause of death in persons with epilepsy. While the risk for is still relatively low for all patients, our understanding of SUDEP is also relatively low. Researchers in Korea recently conducted and published a study that investigates clinical variables in correlation with SUDEP in order to identify risk […]

Brain ‘Tsunami’ May be Hidden Cause of SUDEP

Brain ‘Tsunami’ May be Hidden Cause of SUDEP

Depolarizing wave may trigger sudden death in epilepsy A slow, depolarizing electrical wave – sometimes called a “brain tsunami” – may be the hidden cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, a disorder that kills as many as 4,000 people in the United States each year, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a […]

Sudden death in epilepsy: Researchers finger possible cause

Sudden death in epilepsy: Researchers finger possible cause

Researchers say that a shutdown in the brain stem may explain sudden death in epilepsy, whose effects on brain waves shown in the picture.  Sudden death, a mysterious and devastating outcome of epilepsy, could result from a brain stem shutdown following a seizure, researchers report today in Science Translational Medicine. Although the idea is still […]

Prone position linked to epilepsy sudden death risk

Prone position linked to epilepsy sudden death risk

Around three-quarters of patients who have a sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) are found lying in the prone position, show meta-analysis findings. The meta-analysis confirms results from previous case series and suggests that SUDEP may have similar mechanisms to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), say James Tao and study co-authors, from The University of […]

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