Those with epilepsy at greater risk of dying from ‘unnatural causes’

Research findings have just been published which indicate that whilst the incidence is low, those with epilepsy are more likely than the population at large to die from ‘unnatural causes’. As Dr Hayley Gorton from Manchester University says “We already know that people with epilepsy are at increased risk of dying prematurely, but such a detailed examination of specific types of unnatural death has not been carried out until now”. Researchers from the Universities of Manchester and Swansea found that compared to people without epilepsy, people diagnosed with the condition are twice as likely to die by suicide and three times more likely to die accidentally. This makes it all the more important that doctors and neurologists are careful to explain the risks to those newly diagnosed. To read more, click here:

 

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