SUDEP refers to the unexpected death of an individual, with a diagnosis of epilepsy, who dies
suddenly, in benign circumstances, without a structural or toxicological cause for death being found at autopsy.
It is not a condition or disease, but rather
the category to which these types of unexplained deaths are assigned.
unexpected, witnessed or unwitnessed, nontraumatic and nondrowning death in patients with epilepsy, with or without evidence
for a seizure and excluding documented status epilepticus, in which postmortem examination does not reveal a toxicologic or
anatomic cause for death.”
SUDEP definition per Nashef 1997
General information about SUDEP for:
is freely available in English, French & Spanish, and downloadable
from: SUDEP eBrochures/fact sheets.
- people with epilepsy
- parents & caregivers
of children with epilepsy
- young adults and teens with epilepsy
- people bereaved by epilepsy; and