AAN/AES Release New Guideline on Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

SUDEP Institute

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and American Epilepsy Society (AES) recently issued a new guideline on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

  • The guideline sends the critical message that anyone who suffers generalized tonic-clonic seizures is at risk for SUDEP.
  • They also encourage providers to have an open and honest conversation with their patients about SUDEP.

The following advocacy organizations have come together to share their hope that these recommendations lead to increased disclosure rates and better standards of care. Collectively, we also believe more needs to be done to advance our understanding of SUDEP and its prevention.

Read the advocate's statement:

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When people with epilepsy and their caregivers are empowered with information to understand SUDEP, they can take action to reduce risk of harm. To respond to this urgency, raise awareness, and promote steps that can help prevent SUDEP, the Epilepsy Foundation’s SUDEP Institute issued an Epilepsy.com Special Report, "#AimForZero: Striving Toward a Future Free from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy."

#AimForZero encourages people with epilepsy to adopt four critical actions to reduce their risk of SUDEP:

  1. Take medication as prescribed
  2. Get enough sleep
  3. Limit alcohol
  4. Strive to stop seizures

Find social media messages to help raise awareness, resources for professionals, and more information on #AimForZero here.

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