Home > Medical > Epilepsy > FAQs 19 July 2004 Is epilepsy fatal? Seizures are usually not life-threatening in themselves; however, the consequences of seizing (e.g. while driving or swimming) may be fatal. In rare cases, epilepsy itself can cause death if prolonged repeated seizures are not treated properly. 0 Quiz Am I eating to optimise my health? » 6 ways to upgrade your life A headache-free festive season Seizures are usually not life-threatening in themselves; however, the consequences of seizing (e.g. while driving or swimming) may be fatal. In rare cases, epilepsy itself can cause death if prolonged repeated seizures are not treated properly. More in Medical What causes epilepsy? More: EpilepsyFAQs advertisement Get a quote Fedhealth - What cover is right for you? Momentum - save up to 35% on healthcare advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Add your comment Thank you, your comment has been submitted. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Medical Scientists turn to aspirin to turbo-charge cancer immunotherapy Medical MDR-TB treatment comes closer, but not close enough Medical Electricity, better than chemotherapy? Lifestyle The dangers of smokeless tobacco Multimedia Doctors Without Borders (MSF) rescue migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea Medical Epileptic girl becomes Mexico's first legal consumer of medical marijuana From our sponsors Is your baby dehydrated? How to tell. Fifty and fabulous! There’s something newly cool about turning 50 Keeping your skin soft, moisturised and winter-ready Live healthier Your health » How well do you know the body? Your healthy liver lifestyle Are you healthy? Tell us about your health and you could win R5000. Up for grabs » Tell us about your health Stay warm when the lights go out Win R1000 in cash! Win an energy-saving Spindel Enter our competition and stand a chance of winning an energy saving Spindel valued at R2200!