J Pediatr Epilepsy 2018; 07(01): 024-026
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1629914
Case Report
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy in Childhood: A Report of Two Cases

Shinichiro Morıchı
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Yoshiaki Okuma
Department of Pediatrics, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Tokyo, Japan
,
Tomomi Urabe
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Tomoko Mori
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Mika Takeshita
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Natsumi Morishita
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Yu Ishida
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Shingo Oana
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Gaku Yamanaka
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
,
Hisashi Kawashima
Department of Pediatrics, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
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Publication History

10 May 2017

29 December 2017

Publication Date:
10 February 2018 (eFirst)

Abstract

Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) occurs in 1 in 4,500 children, and this incidence is more than 20 times that of sudden death in the general population. We report two cases of SUDEP and a review of the literature. There are various hypotheses regarding the cause of this event, but investigation and research are difficult due to the small number of autopsy cases. The risk of SUDEP may be reduced by the accumulation of cases in the future.