Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy in children

Seizure. 1997 Jun;6(3):175-7. doi: 10.1016/s1059-1311(97)80002-7.


Sudden, unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) remains a controversial and enigmatic syndrome, particularly in children where the incidence, prevalence and risk factors may, and probably do, differ from adults. This study demonstrates (and further reinforces) the difficulties and inability of retrospective and coroner/death certificate-derived data in identifying the frequency of SUDEP in children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cause of Death
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Death Certificates
  • Death, Sudden / etiology*
  • Epilepsy / mortality*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors