What is SUDEP?

Man consoling womanSUDEP is the sudden, unexpected death of someone with epilepsy, who was otherwise healthy. This is the leading cause of death in people with uncontrolled seizures.

Each year, about 1 in 1,000 adults and 1 in 4,500 children with epilepsy die from SUDEP.

According to a 2017 article by Greenlund, in 2014, SUDEP related deaths were more likely to occur in African Americans (1.42 deaths per 100,000) compared to Caucasions (0.86 deaths per 100.000).