Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients is often misdiagnosed as sudden cardiac death

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients (SUDEP) represents the second main neurologic cause of years of potential life lost, following stroke, with a cumulative lifetime risk reaching 8% for childhood-onset epilepsy.1 In light of these worrying figures, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has recently published practice guidelines on the risk of SUDEP. These guidelines emphasize the “considerable uncertainty”of SUDEP incidence in adults with epilepsy, currently estimated at 1.2/1,000 patient-years (95% CI 0.64–2.32).2 Difficulties in assessing the epidemiology of SUDEP are several, including large variation in SUDEP risk across epilepsy populations (up to 100-fold difference between newly diagnosed and refractory...

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