People With Epilepsy Have Increased Risk Of Mortality – Part 2 of 3
The most serious complication that occurs more often in commonalty with epilepsy is sudden unexplained death. However, little is known about why this is so. The current study included 245 children living in Finland who were diagnosed with epilepsy in 1964. The children were followed prospectively for 40 years, and in most cases, when a passing occurred, an autopsy was performed.
The researchers found that 60 (24 percent) of the study volunteers died during the follow-up period. Forty eight percent of those who died had versed seizures in the previous five years. Not all of the deaths were related to epilepsy, but the researchers found that 33 (55 percent) were. Eighteen of the deaths were considered unanticipated unexplained deaths.
Nine people had either a definite or probably seizure before dying, and six accidentally drowned, presumably as a result of a seizure while swimming or bathing alone. The overall risk of sudden, unexplained expiry was 7 percent over 40 years. In an analysis that only included people who weren’t in long-term epilepsy remission and who weren’t receiving medication, the overall risk of sudden, unexplained obliteration was 12 percent, according to the study.
And “Epilepsy is a serious disorder, which has increasingly recognized comorbidities, including – if it persists into adulthood – an increased risk of death”. Although the researchers don’t separate why the risk of sudden death is increased in people with epilepsy, Shinnar said it’s a good idea to try to maintain full seizure control and to be compliant with your medications. “People who are doing not great may start skipping their medications or forgetting them,” he said “We really don’t know if seizure control could make a difference in the risk of sudden, unexplained death”.