2012

SUDEP

The Brain In Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy (SUDEP) – New Insights From Pathology

Sanjay Sisodiya, PhD - Samden Lhatoo, MD - Maria Thom, MD - Jane Hanna
University College London
 

Successful, rational, prevention strategies ultimately come from better understanding of the causes and mechanisms of disease. By definition, SUDEP is unexplained: we do not know why it happens, which currently makes prevention very difficult. SUDEP occurs when the brain is affected by epilepsy, and it may relate to individual seizures. We possess a unique archive of brain tissue from people who died of SUDEP and others who did not. We plan to examine and compare these brains in detail, and determine whether there are differences that can give us clues to the cause of SUDEP.

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