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Pediatric State-of-the-Art Symposium 2015 - Death in Children with Epilepsy — A Different Tragedy Than in Adults

Recorded on December 7, 2015 at the 69th Annual Meeting of the AES.

This symposium presents a detailed review of mortality in children with epilepsy with emphasis on what is currently fact. A discussion of SUDEP outlines why this catastrophe is different in children than adults and the quality of evidence for prevention. There is a careful discussion of what to tell patients and families about the risk of death and how to assist families should their child die.

Learning Objectives
Following participation in this symposium, learners should be able to:
• Discuss the risk of death with families and children with epilepsy
• Provide critical guidance about appropriate evidence-based preventative strategies
• Counsel families effectively in the event of a death
• Counsel families about the low risk of death and guide appropriate evidence-based preventative strategies
• Encourage patients to be very compliant with medication, a key way to prevent seizures and a key to preventing sudden unexplained death in children with epilepsy

Target Audience
Basic and Intermediate

Registered attendees of the 2015 Annual Meeting have free access to recordings. Contact us at for assistance.