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Death risk five times more in epileptic women: Study

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As per a new study, the risk of death during pregnancy is five times higher for women with epilepsy.

It has been found in the study from the Aarhus University, Denmark that pregnant women with epilepsy die of virtually the same conditions and events that women without epilepsy die of— ranging from accidents to blood clots, cancer, and suicide— in a greater sum.

“We can’t produce statistics on causes of death on the basis of five deceased pregnant women with epilepsy but we can conclude with great statistical certainty that pregnant women with epilepsy die five times more frequently than other pregnant women,” said Jakob Christensen, Associate Professor at the university.

The team examined a total of 2,110,084 pregnancies among which 11,976 (0.6 percent) were pregnant women with epilepsy and a total of 176 women died during their pregnancy.

In the study, Mortality women with epilepsy were compared with the mortality rate for women of the same age and social background.

“Although the absolute risk is small, we have to consider how we can follow pregnant women with epilepsy better than today,” Christensen added.

“We must take into account that the vast majority of pregnant women with epilepsy receive medication and are closely monitored during pregnancy and that this probably helps to reduce the overall mortality because close monitoring means that there is better management of their epileptic seizures,” he further added.

It is to be noted that, Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases affecting about sixty million people globally.

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