Epileptic Disorders


Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP): what every neurologist should know Volume 19, issue 1, March 2017


(1) How high is the incidence of SUDEP in people with newly diagnosed epilepsy?


(2) What are the direct and indirect risk factors for SUDEP?


(3) How would you look to assess person-centred SUDEP risk in adults/children and communicate it?



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(1) The risk of SUDEP is about 1 in 10,000 person-years in population-based studies of newly diagnosed epilepsy.

(2)Table 1 provides a list of the direct and indirect risk factors.

(3)To help guide this narrative, appendix 1, table 1, and boxes 1 and 2 are provided for ‘fingertip’ reference.


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