Sleeping position tied to sudden epilepsy deaths

SEVERAL key risk factors for sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) have been uncovered in a study of postmortems.

Study co-author Dr Kate Riney, a paediatric neurologist at Brisbane’s Mater Children’s Hospital, says the main new finding is that people were most likely to be found dead in the prone position (74% of cases).

“I don’t think this has been flagged much at all in earlier studies,” she says.

“I guess it does have some similarities to SIDS. It probably means the person is face down on the pillow and their breathing may be more obstructed.”

She says with