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Lynn, Ena and Lyons, Suzi and Langan, Yvonne and Craig, Sarah and Doherty, Colin (2016) The role of alcohol dependency in deaths among people with epilepsy recorded by the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) in Ireland, 2004-2013. Seizure , 45 , pp. 52-55.

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate deaths among individuals with epilepsy recorded on the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI).

METHOD: A descriptive analysis of individuals with a known history of epilepsy in the NDRDI from 2004 to 2013 was undertaken.

RESULTS: Between 2004 and 2013, 225 (2%) of the recorded cases had a documented history of epilepsy, 82 (36%) of whom had epilepsy recorded as the cause of death. Of these 82 deaths, the majority were male (60-73%) and half (median age) were aged 47 years or younger. A post mortem toxicology report was available for 65 (79%) of these deaths, of which over two thirds (44-68%) did not have any antiepileptic drugs present on toxicology. Over two thirds of these deaths, (31-70%) were among people known to be alcohol dependent.

CONCLUSION: The high percentage of individuals with a diagnosis of alcohol dependency that died as a result of epilepsy and who have no antiepileptic drugs in their system at the time of their death, highlights the need for preventative measures for this at-risk group.


Item Type:Article
Date:November 2016
Page Range:pp. 52-55
Publisher:Elsevier
Volume:45
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Accession Number:HRB (Available)
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Subjects:B Substances > Alcohol
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use > Alcohol dependence
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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