Importance of post-mortem genetic testing in SUDEP patients

S. Partemi, M. Coll Vidal, O. Campuzano, M. Pezzella, R. Paravidino, V. L. Pascali, C. A. Tassinari, S. Striano, F. Zara, R. Brugada, P. Striano, A. Oliva

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There has been increased interest in a possible association between epilepsy channelopathies and cardiac arrhythmias, such as long QT syndrome (LQTS). We report a kindred that features LQTS, idiopathic epilepsy, and increased risk of sudden death. Genetic study showed a previously unreported heterozygous point mutation (c.246T > C) in the KCNH2 gene. Functional studies showed that the mutation induces severe loss of function. This observation provides further evidence for a possible link between idiopathic epilepsy and LQTS.

Original languageEnglish
JournalForensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Channelopathy
  • Epilepsy
  • KCNH2
  • LQT syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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