Reducing mortality in childhood epilepsy

Takeaway

  • ‘Complicated epilepsy’ and sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) are is the most likely causes of death in children with epilepsy.

Why this matters

    Epilepsy affects ~600,000 people and is the most common chronic central nervous system condition in the UK, with individuals with epilepsy two to three times more likely to die prematurely compared with the general population. Increased data on childhood deaths in epilepsy deaths would help identify children at higher risk of death.