Hypercapnic ventilatory response in epilepsy – a new test

Takeaway

  • Low interictal CO2 sensitivity increases risk for prolonged postictal CO2 levels following generalized convulsive seizure (GCS), as demonstrated by a safe and quick hypercapnic ventilatory response (HCVR) test.

Why this matters ?

  • Measurement of HCVR could help identify individuals with an elevated risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).