MORTEMUS Project - MORTality in Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Study
Using in-hospital, pre-surgical monitoring data to assess risk mechanisms and risk factors of SUDEP
Philippe Ryvlin (Lyon, France) & Torbjörn Tomson (Sweden)

MORTEMUS was the first international initiative to collect cases of SUDDEN DEATH, SUDEP and NEAR-SUDEP (defined as a cardiac or respiratory arrest that has required an active resuscitation procedure) that have occurred in epilepsy patients undergoing video-EEG monitoring.


The objective of this study is to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying SUDEP (primary cardiac, respiratory or cerebral dysfunction) through patient monitoring and/or clinical data recorded in epilepsy monitoring units.

The study is sponsored by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILEA) and LFCE (French Chapter of the ILEA).

Original info source: Correspondence with Dr Ryvlin, April 2009


Mortemus reporting:
  • 2013 - Research article by Ryvlin, P et al.  Incidence and mechanisms of cardiorespiratory arrests in epilepsy monitoring units (MORTEMUS): a retrospective study.  Lancet Neurol., 2013 Sep 3; pii:S1474-4422(13)70214-X [Epub ahead of print].
  • 2012 - Presentation by Torbjörn Tomson



For further information, see: www.mortemus.org/ [nb as at 1/10/13, the site no longer appears active]

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