can you die from a seizure????

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  • J.D.
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    You sure can... directly or indirectly.

    Directly I mean the effects of the seizure. You can choke to death, suffocate, lapse into an irreversible coma, or just simply die.

    Indirectly means striking your head or injuring yourself seriously enough when you lose consciousness and you fall down.

    A good friend of mine's Mother passed out from a seizure and struck the side of her head in the kitchen while she was alone.

    They found her 2 days later after she'd bled to death.

    She had suffered a Grand Mal seizure.

  • Buzz s
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Absolutely. There are 2 ways to do it:

    1. Seizures in dangerous places

    Have a seizure while working on a ladder or scaffold and then falling off.

    Have a seizure while driving a car and having an accident or putting it in the lake.

    2. Status epilepticus

    This is a series of non-stop seizures that will eventually lead to death.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, seizures are described as an "electrical short" in the brain. When one has a seizure, they take a risk of going into a coma or even suffering from a stroke.

  • 1 decade ago

    A long-lasting convulsive seizure (called "tonic-clonic status epilepticus") is a medical emergency. If not stopped within about 30 minutes, it may cause permanent injury or death. Occasionally people with epilepsy also die from inhaling vomit during or just after a seizure. (This can be prevented if someone will turn you onto one side when the seizure begins.) But in general, seizures are hardly ever fatal, even if you lose consciousness.

    The life expectancy of people who have a seizure once in a while is the same as for anybody else if they are otherwise pretty healthy. Some people whose epilepsy is caused by things like a stroke or a brain tumor may die sooner from those conditions, of course.

    People who are not seizure-free do need to be careful about possible accidents during a seizure. Death from drowning is more common among people with epilepsy. It can even occur in a tub with only a few inches of water, so you probably should stick to showers instead of baths. Your doctor -- and the agency in your state responsible for licensing drivers -- will help you decide whether it is safe for you to drive. You also need to be careful on train or subway platforms and when walking near busy streets. But with some planning, you should be able to lead a life that is both active and safe. (Read more about accidental death and injuries in epilepsy.)

    What about Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)?

    SUDEP is a rare condition in which young or middle-aged people with epilepsy die without a clear cause. It accounts for less than 2% of deaths among people with epilepsy. The risk is about 1 in 3,000 per year for all people with epilepsy, though it can be as high as 1 in 300 for those who have frequent, uncontrollable seizures and take high doses of seizure medicines. SUDEP is extremely rare in children.

    The person is often found dead in bed and doesn't appear to have had a convulsive seizure. (About a third of them do show evidence of a seizure close to the time of death.) They are often found lying face down.

    No one is sure about the cause of death in SUDEP. Some researchers think that a seizure causes an irregular heart rhythm. More recent studies have suggested that the person may suffocate from impaired breathing, fluid in the lungs, and being face down on the bedding.

    A person's chances of dying from SUDEP are reduced if they take all medicines as prescribed. For adults with frequent convulsive seizures, having someone monitor their sleep can be helpful. Then if a seizure occurs in bed, they can be rolled onto one side to help breathing.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes you can - seizures cut off oxygen supply to the brain, which can cause tissue death or lack of oxygen, which can shut the heart down in some cases. you can also die from injury as a result of the stroke - like what if you were seizing and you hit your head on something? could cause death.

    Source(s): RN
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes. One of my real-life friends had a seizure in his sleep, and suffocated on his pillow.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes, it depends on what kind and how bad they are and if they dont stop with in a mount of time. if they go for more then 5 mins the air way and the brain get damaged.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes you can, they arevery sierious and should be taken seriously.

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