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The mystery of Gustave Flaubert's death: could sudden unexpected death in epilepsy be part of the context?
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PMID:  19623466     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition and sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most important direct epilepsy-related cause of death. Information concerning risk factors for SUDEP is conflicting, but high seizure frequency is a potential risk factor. Additionally, potential pathomechanisms for SUDEP are unknown, but it is very probable that cardiac arrhythmias during and between seizures or transmission of epileptic activity to the heart via the autonomic nervous system potentially play a role. More than two decades ago, temporal lobe epilepsy was suggested as having been the ''nervous disease'' of Gustave Flaubert, one of the most important French novelists. In these lines, as the circumstances of his death were the subject of fabulous and mysterious speculations, we postulated in this paper that Flaubert's death could be due SUDEP phenomenon.
Marly de Albuquerque; Carla A Scorza; Ricardo M Arida; Esper A Cavalheiro; Fulvio A Scorza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arquivos de neuro-psiquiatria     Volume:  67     ISSN:  1678-4227     ISO Abbreviation:  Arq Neuropsiquiatr     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0125444     Medline TA:  Arq Neuropsiquiatr     Country:  Brazil    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  548-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Escola Paulista de Medicina, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
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