Sumary of Older adults with late-onset epilepsy experience increased mortality risk:
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- Back to Healio Individuals with late-onset epilepsy experienced an increased risk for death compared with individuals without epilepsy, even after adjustment for comorbidities, according to findings published in Neurology.
- Researchers found that the “majority” of excess mortality in individuals with late-onset epilepsy was related to stroke and dementia.
- “Late-onset epilepsy (ie, starting at age 65 or older) affects a large and growing number of persons worldwide,” the researchers wrote.
- “Numerous population-based studies have shown that people with epilepsy (diagnosed at any age) have an increased mortality rate compared to those without epilepsy and are at an increased a risk of injuries associated with seizures, such as fractures, drownings and motor vehicle accidents.
- People diagnosed with epilepsy are also at risk for sudden unexplained death in epilepsy.
- ” However, it is not yet known whether mortality is also higher in individuals with late-onset epilepsy — and what the causes of mortality in this population may be.
- Johnson, MD, an assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and colleagues used data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study cohort to examine mortality rates among older adults with and without late-onset epilepsy.