Epilepsy, Sudden Death Linked to Same Gene
In sudden death in epilepsy, people stop breathing for no apparent reason and die. Now, a group of UConn neuroscientists have a lead as to why, they report in the journal eLife.
“People with epilepsy have a high mortality rate, but it’s mysterious,” says Dan Mulkey, a neuroscientist in UConn’s physiology and neurobiology department.
More than one of every 1,000 people with epilepsy die each year from what’s called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). No one knows why.
The explanation usually given is that the patient had a seizure that killed them. But