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Survivability of Epilepsy

Surviving epilepsy is a risk for some individuals, although most people live a normal life span. The chance of death from epilepsy goes down when medication and surgery control seizures and prudent safety measures are taken.

Several factors influence the survivability of epilepsy:

  • Injuries to the head from falling during a major seizure
  • Epilepticus – prolonged or rapidly successive seizures caused by abruptly stopping medication
  • The seriousness of the underlying condition

In some rare instances, major epileptic seizures cause sudden death, believed to result from changes to heart rhythm.

Locations for Epilepsy