Temporal analysis and autopsy findings of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy in the US

Takeaway

  • There was a decreasing trend of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) incidences between 2009–2016, and there were no characteristic autopsy differences between a SUDEP death and a non-SUDEP death.

Why this matters

    SUDEP is likely the most common cause of epilepsy related mortality and understanding SUDEP trends will help direct public health campaigns targeting SUDEP risk reduction.