Could postictal tonic electromyography activity predict sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?

Takeaway

  • Seizures with postictal tonic electromyography (PTEMG) activity have a greater severity of respiratory dysfunction than those without.

Why this matters

  • PTEMG activity can be easily identified on video‐EEG telemetry and could therefore possibly be a biomarker for postictal generalized electroencephalography (EEG) suppression (PGES) and those at risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy.