Seizure Control Key to Avoiding Sudden Death With Epilepsy

0
37
Seizure Control Key to Avoiding Sudden Death With Epilepsy

In rare cases, seizures that cause convulsions and a loss of consciousness can raise the odds of sudden death in people with epilepsy, neurologists warn.These attacks are known as generalized tonic-clonic seizures, according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society.Just how rare is sudden death linked to these seizures? According to guideline researchers, these tragedies occur in 1 in 1,000 men and women each year and only 1 in 4,500 children annually.

Still, although rare, it’s crucial that the possibility of sudden death linked to seizures and risk factors for these events “are communicated to persons and families affected by epilepsy,” said guideline author Dr. Cynthia Harden. She’s with Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.Our guideline brings clarity to the discussion, giving health care providers practical information they can use to help people with epilepsy reduce their risk,” Harden said in an AAN news release.