Journal article

Prolactin levels in sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

K Opeskin, I Clarke, SF Berkovic

Epilepsia | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2000

Abstract

PURPOSE: To assess serum prolactin levels in sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and control groups to test the hypothesis that if seizures occur routinely as a terminal event in SUDEP, then raised prolactin levels may be an indicator of terminal seizure. METHODS: Blood was taken for measurement of prolactin levels from subjects with SUDEP and three control groups. The control groups were those with epilepsy dying from causes other than epilepsy (e.g., ischemic heart disease or injuries), physiologically stressed individuals without epilepsy (they were admitted to the hospital after an acute illness and died after several hours to 3 days), and nonepileptic rapid deaths (these people ..

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