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Death in childhood epilepsy
  1. Doug Addy
  1. Correspondence to Doug Addy, 15 Dyott Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 9QZ, UK; dougaddy{at}

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Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) has become increasingly recognised in adults in recent years but it has been reported relatively rarely in children. A two-part UK study of deaths in children with epilepsy (Victoria Nesbitt and colleagues. Dev Med Child Neurol 2012;54:612–17; see also Commentary, ibid; 586–7) has confirmed the rarity of SUDEP and that most children with epilepsy who die do so from the underlying cause of the epilepsy and not from the seizures.

The study included two different datasets: one of children (aged <18 years) …

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