Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy Incidence Rates And Risk Factors

Authoring Organizations

Publication Month/Year

May 1, 2017

Document Type


External Publication Status


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

To determine the incidence rates of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in different epilepsy populations and address the question of whether risk factors for SUDEP have been identified

Target Patient Population

Patients with epilepsy

Inclusion Criteria

Female, Male, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Emergency care, Hospital, Outpatient, School

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant


Counseling, Assessment and screening, Management

Diseases/Conditions (MeSH)

D004827 - Epilepsy, D003645 - Death, Sudden, D000080485 - Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, D004830 - Epilepsy, Tonic-Clonic


epilepsy, seizure disorder, sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Source Citation

Harden, C., Tomson, T., Gloss, D., Buchhalter, J., Cross, J. H., Donner, E., … Ryvlin, P. (2017). Practice Guideline Summary: Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy Incidence Rates and Risk Factors: Report of the Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society. Epilepsy Currents17(3), 180–187. https://doi.org/10.5698/1535-7511.17.3.180

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Number of Source Documents
Literature Search Start Date
November 1, 2010
Literature Search End Date
April 1, 2015