Respiratory complications are the leading non-seizure cause of hospital readmissions in epilepsy

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Takeaway

  • After breakthrough seizures, respiratory complications, such as pneumonia and acute respiratory failure, are the leading causes of 30-day unplanned readmissions in people with generalized convulsive epilepsy and status epilepticus.

Why this matters

  • Hospital readmissions place a huge burden on US healthcare; the identification of suitable interventions to reduce respiratory-related readmissions could improve outcomes for people with epilepsy.

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