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Torbjörn T, Nashef L, Ryvlin P. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: current knowledge and future directions. The Lancet, 2008, Volume 7: 1021-1031.
Surges R, Thijs R, Tan H, Sander J. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: risk factors and potential pathomechanisms. www.nature.com/neurology September 2009, Volume 5: 492-504
For further reading:
Case-control study of SUDEP. Langan, Y., Nashef, L., & Sander, J.W.; Neurology 64, 1131-1133 (2005)
‘Molecular Trigger’ For Sudden Death In Epilepsy Found. ScienceDaily. Baylor College of Medicine (2009, October 15).
Mortality Risk in an Adult Cohort with Newly Diagnosed Unprovoked Epileptic Seizure: A Population-Based Study, Hans Lindsten, LENNART Nystrom and Lars Forsgren, Epilepsia, 41(11): 1469-1473, 2000
Studies are still being conducted and much more research is needed to answer the many questions which remain about SUDEP. The questions and answers listed above address some of the more basic and frequently asked questions related to SUDEP. For answers specific to your experience with epilepsy, please refer to your physician.