Sudden unexpected death of epileptic patient due to cardiac arrhythmia after seizure
Dasheiff RM and Dickinson LJ (1986) Sudden unexpected death of epileptic patient due to cardiac arrhythmia after seizure. Arch Neurol 43:2 194–6.
Abstract: Sudden unexpected death (SUD) occurred in an epileptic patient after a seizure. The patient had a witnessed seizure with electrocardiographic evidence of a cardiac arrhythmia. Immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the hospital was ineffective. Autopsy revealed no anatomic cause of death. This case supports a cardiac cause for SUD in this patient. The mechanism of death remains speculative despite its setting in an epilepsy center. The seven-year experience with SUD at the epilepsy center is reviewed.
- Early single-case report of witnessed SUDEP with EKG evidence of arrhythmia.