New SUDEP Guidelines

New SUDEP Guidelines - Synthesizing the Evidence



Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is a major, albeit infrequent, cause of premature death in patients with epilepsy. Although clinicians are reluctant to discuss this condition with their patients, in large part to avoid the risk of causing them psychological distress, an overwhelming majority of adults with epilepsy actually want their neurologists to provide them with SUDEP-related information, as a 2015 survey suggests. In addition, a multitude of SUDEP risk factors have been proposed, but not verified, making it difficult to estimate individual risk.

With this in mind, an expert panel from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Epilepsy Society (AES) created a set of evidence-based practice guidelines on SUDEP to clarify available data and assist clinicians in properly counseling their patients and families.

Read more about the new guidelines as published in



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