Thursday, May 31, 2007

Sleep deprived EEG may have be responsible for patient's death!

The Western Australian Coroner is examining the death of a 40 year old epileptic woman after she went without sleep in preparation for a medical test.

Sharon Moss suffered a fatal seizure in February 2005 on the morning she was scheduled to undergo what's called a sleep-deprived E.E.G. at Royal Perth Hospital.

The Coroner's Court has heard that, while a lack of sleep is a trigger for epileptic seizures, it allows doctors to get a more accurate diagnosis of their patient.

Ms Moss' family has expressed concern that she was not kept in hospital the night before the test because sleep deprivation was a trigger for seizures.
The inquest is continuing.


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