What are the mortality risks of epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Regarding mortality, seizures cause death in a small proportion of individuals. Most deaths are accidental and result from impaired consciousness. However, sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a risk in persons with epilepsy, and it may occur even when patients are resting in a protected environment (ie, in a bed with rail guards or in the hospital).


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