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Comparison of antiepileptic drug levels in sudden unexpected deaths in epilepsy with deaths from other causes

K Opeskin, MP Burke, SM Cordner, SF Berkovic



PURPOSE: (a) To compare postmortem antiepileptic drug (AED) levels in patients with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) with those in a control group of subjects with epilepsy. If SUDEP patients more frequently had undetectable or subtherapeutic AED levels, this would suggest that compliance with AED treatment is poorer in this group and that poor compliance is a risk factor for SUDEP. (b) To determine whether a particular AED was detected more commonly in the SUDEP group, suggesting that this AED is associated with a higher risk of SUDEP. METHODS: A retrospective study of coronial cases was performed. Postmortem AED levels in 44 SUDEP cases and 44 control cases were compared. The co..

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