Premature death in younger Danes with epilepsy is often caused by preventable epilepsy-related conditions

Takeaway

  • A new classification tool reveals that premature mortality in younger people with epilepsy is often directly linked to epilepsy and could be preventable by good seizure control.

Why this matters

  • People with epilepsy have a higher risk of premature death but accurate classification is needed to identify epilepsy-related death that could be prevented by optimized therapy.
  • This study employed a new systematic classification of epilepsy-related deaths and found that over 60% were related to epilepsy and, therefore, potentially preventable. The findings underscore the importance of good seizure control and individual empowerment in preventing premature death.