Children with epilepsy are at increased risk of dying early

While epilepsy and migraines in children and adolescents are closely related neurologic disorders, youth with epilepsy face a significantly higher risk of dying prematurely.

In a study of children in South Carolina with , migraines, or lower extremity fractures, children with epilepsy had almost a 4-fold increased risk of dying compared with children who had broken a bone or who experienced migraines.

Other neurodevelopmental conditions that arise in addition to a child's epilepsy appear to explain the higher risk of premature death, and fragmentation of the system in dealing with multi-organ diseases in children with epilepsy likely plays a significant role.

"Well-coordinated medical care in managing both the epilepsy and the comorbid conditions can reduce the risk of death in children with epilepsy. Doctors with various specialties need to develop a team approach in treating these children to maximize their wellbeing," said Dr. Anbesaw Selassie, lead author of the Epilepsia study. The study, which was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, included 56,781 who were treated from 2000 to 2011 for epilepsy, migraine, or lower extremity fractures and were followed until death or through 2011.

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More information: Anbesaw W. Selassie et al. Population-based comparative analysis of risk of death in children and adolescents with epilepsy and migraine, Epilepsia (2015). DOI: 10.1111/epi.13219
Journal information: Epilepsia

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