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Marshall Health’s department of neurology and the West Virginia Epilepsy Foundation are committed to educating the public about epilepsy and seizures, fighting social stigmas surrounding epilepsy and supporting fundraising and research for a cure.

This year, during Epilepsy Awareness Month, we hope to increase knowledge of a fatal complication of epilepsy. SUDEP is the sudden unexpected death of someone with epilepsy that is a non-traumatic and a non-drowning death. SUDEP is likely the most common cause of death from epilepsy complications, accounting for 7.5 to 17% of all epilepsy-related deaths and 50% of all refractory (uncontrolled) epilepsy deaths.

Dr. Samrina Hanif is a board-certified, fellowship-trained neurologist at Marshall Health and associate professor of neurology at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. She specializes in caring for patients with epilepsy.

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