Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP): what every neurologist should know

Epileptic Disord. 2017 Mar 1;19(1):1-9. doi: 10.1684/epd.2017.0891.


This review aims to empower general neurologists to provide better informed person-centred advice on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) to people with epilepsy in order to help keep them safe. Past and present evidence is consolidated in order to inform readers about SUDEP, and up-to-date insights into the epidemiology, diagnostic classification, pathophysiology, risk factors, influence of co-morbidity, and importance of sensitive person-centred communication are outlined. This review provides "fingertip" information to the practicing neurologist with regards to identifying and communicating risks for SUDEP and suggests practical measures for managing these risks in partnership with the patient.

Keywords: SUDEP; communication; risk factor.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Death, Sudden / epidemiology
  • Death, Sudden / etiology*
  • Epilepsy / complications*
  • Humans
  • Neurology / methods*
  • Neurology / standards