Childhood epilepsy linked with increased risk of suicidal behaviour

It's important to screen these patients routinely as they enter adolescence, neurologist Dr John Lawson says

Patients with diagnosed childhood-onset epilepsy have a 1.6-fold increased risk of self-harming behaviours and suicidal ideation compared with peers, a study suggests. 

Dr John Lawson.

In one of the few population-based cohort studies to consider the issue, US neurologists compared data from the medical records of 339 children diagnosed with epilepsy with 678 matched controls.