Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy is more common in younger patients than previously reported

A large US registry analysis has shown that sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is more common in infants and children than previously reported, and the risk is particularly high in patients who are black or multiracial.

“Physicians often don’t discuss SUDEP with parents because they consider it rare and don’t want to frighten them,” said Dr Vicky Whittemore of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. “But it’s important physicians who have young patients discuss the risk with parents.”