How common is SUDEP?
There are at least 2,750 cases of SUDEP each year — meaning that almost 1 in 1,000 adults with epilepsy will die as a result of SUDEP every year.2 For those adults with uncontrolled seizures, the risk increases to 1 in 150.3
When is SUDEP likely to occur?
Reducing the Risk of SUDEP
Experts agree it is imperative to reduce the number of generalized tonic-clonic seizures experienced by people with epilepsy.
Having a generalized tonic-clonic seizure increases the risk of SUDEP for a person with epilepsy. This singular fact makes an indisputable case for urgently addressing seizure control.
Uncontrolled seizures can pose a deadly threat for people with epilepsy.
Understanding and Preventing Risk Behaviors
There are a number of situations or behaviors that can increase the risk or likelihood of seizures. To help people with epilepsy reduce risk of seizures and SUDEP, experts have identified four actionable behaviors. This essential "to-do list" includes:
3. Tomson T, Nashef L, Ryvlin P. Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy: current knowledge and future directions. Lancet Neurol. 2008;7(11):1021-31.↩