Journal article

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy in Victoria

K Opeskin, AS Harvey, SM Cordner, SF Berkovic

Journal of Clinical Neuroscience | CHURCHILL LIVINGSTONE | Published : 2000

Abstract

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) refers to sudden unexpected death in patients with epilepsy in whom autopsy fails to reveal an anatomic or toxicological cause of death. The purpose of this study was to examine associated factors and mechanisms relating to SUDEP in Victoria. The study was a retrospective study based on data from questionnaires completed by treating doctors and coronial files including police reports of death, autopsy and toxicology reports. The deaths were of people with epilepsy in Victoria that were referred to the coroner between 1991 and 1997. There were 15,751 coronial autopsies of which 357 had epilepsy and 50 (14%) were SUDEPs. The SUDEP rate was approximat..

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