33. Mortality in Epilepsy
- John W. Miller MD, PhD Director, UW Regional Epilepsy Center, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Surgery2 and
- Howard P. Goodkin MD, PhD The Shure Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics, Director, Division of Pediatric Neurology3
Published Online: 10 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
How to Cite
Donner, E. J. (2014) Mortality in Epilepsy, in Epilepsy (eds J. W. Miller and H. P. Goodkin), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118456989.ch33
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
Department of Neurology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA
- Published Online: 10 JAN 2014
- Published Print: 14 FEB 2014
Print ISBN: 9781118456941
Online ISBN: 9781118456989
- sudden unexpected death in epilepsy;
People with epilepsy have a two to three times increased risk of premature death. Death may occur as the result of the underlying cause of the epilepsy, as a direct result of a seizure, or suddenly and unexpectedly. Symptomatic epilepsy, uncontrolled epilepsy, and poor adherence to antiepileptic drug therapy are important risk factors for early death in this population. This chapter reviews risk factors and causes of mortality in epilepsy.