Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most common cause of death directly epilepsy-related. The existence of a large number of triggering factors contrasts with the relatively low SUDEP incidence, suggesting predisposing individual factors, eg., genetic ones. We wanted to investigate clinical markers predisposing to SUDEP. We evaluated family history of sudden death (SD) and SUDEP in 671 consecutive outpatients using a questionnaire created by ourself. 20/671 (2.9%) patients had a family history of SD and/or SUDEP. We identified a control group of 40 epileptic patients without family history of SD or SUDEP matched by sex, age and epileptic syndrome. We analyzed clinical and demographic features and family history of arrhythmogenic cardiopathy in both groups.
|Translated title of the contribution||SUDEP: Is family history of arrhythmogenic cardiopathy predictive?|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - May 2012|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology