Journal article

COMMUNITY-BASED STUDY OF MORTALITY IN CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY

AS HARVEY, T NOLAN, JB CARLIN

Epilepsia | LIPPINCOTT-RAVEN PUBL | Published : 1993

Abstract

We used the records of a statewide pediatric mortality surveillance system to determine mortality rates and causes of death in children with epilepsy. Of the 1,095 children aged 1-14 years who died in the state of Victoria during the study period 1985-1989, 93 had a history of epilepsy. Six children (6%) had primary epilepsy, and 87 (94%) had secondary epilepsy. Death was (a) directly attributable to epilepsy in 20 (22%), including 11 with sudden unexplained death, (b) not directly attributable to epilepsy in 59 (63%), and (c) of undetermined cause in 14 (15%). No classifiable death occurred as a direct result of status epilepticus. The average annual mortality rates for children with epilep..

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