Researchers Identify Gene That Increases Risk of Sudden Death in Patients with Mild Epilepsy

Previous Article Next Article Add to Favorites Contact Information <!– –>Available for logged-in reporters only<!– –> Citations Neurology: Genetics Newswise — TORONTO,October 15, 2015 – Researchers in the Adult Genetic Epilepsy Program of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre have discovered a gene mutation that increases the risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) in patients with mild forms of the disease.The study, entitled “Two definite sudden unexpected deaths in epilepsy in a family with a DEPDC5 mutation” and published in the journal Neurology: Genetics, studied a four generation family where nine members had epilepsy caused by a mutation of the DEPDC5 gene. Despite this form of epilepsy being categorized as a mild type, two of the family members passed away from SUDEP – a statistically significant finding for such a…


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