27-04-2009 | New SUDEP leaflet available

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If a person with epilepsy dies suddenly and no other cause of death is found, this is called SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy).

While the risks are very low for any given individual, about 60-80 people die from epilepsy each year in Ireland. The most common cause is SUDEP, accounting for about half of the deaths.

Brainwave and Epilepsy Bereaved (a UK SUDEP charity) have come together to produce a new leaflet to help people with epilepsy and their families gain a better understanding of SUDEP, who is at risk and most importantly, how the risks of seizures can be minimized.

A key message is that by gaining a good understanding of your own epilepsy and learning to manage it, the risk of SUDEP can be minimised.

Brainwave would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the family and friends of Barbara Doyle whose fundraising efforts last year enabled us to produce this leaflet.

Click here for more information on SUDEP.

Download the leaflet below or contact us for a hard copy.