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.  

Following most of the cohort into