New advances in treating status epilepticus are helping to reduce mortality rates associated with the condition in England and Wales.
A recent study, led by Queen Mary University of London and University College London, reviewed data from the Office of National Statistics and offered evidence that early treatment of this dangerous condition could improve outcomes.
Status epilepticus is characterised by a seizure lasting more than five minutes, or multiple seizures occurring within a five-minute period without the person recovering in between. It accounts for around 10% of all epilepsy-related deaths.
According to the analysis, published in the medical journal Epilepsia, the mean epilepsy mortality rate per 100,000 person-years between 2001 and 2013 was 1.87, with a corresponding status epilepticus mortality rate of 0.14.
The overall rate of epilepsy deaths significantly decreased between 2001 to 2013, and this decrease has been attributed predominantly to a fall in status epilepticus-related deaths.
The research concludes: “Our finding supports the hypothesis that the policy of early and aggressive treatment of status epilepticus may be improving the prognosis of this condition in England and Wales.”
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