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May 23, 1980

Drowning From Seizure While Bathing

JAMA. 1980;243(20):2029. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300460013007

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To the Editor.—  In a recent letter to your journal, Riley and Brannon (242:2761, 1979) described a patient who died of a head injury after falling from a top bunk bed during a seizure. I recently became aware of a patient who drowned while taking a bath, as a result of having a seizure. In addition to cautioning seizure patients against swimming alone, I now advise them to take showers rather than baths.