Progress in science and technology has provided researchers with the ability to identify the molecular defects that contribute to the genetics of epilepsy. Many types of epilepsies are genetically linked and our research investigates the interactions and implications of these genes in-depth. Genetic testing for epilepsy can inform patient treatment decisions and provide information for family members of the probability that they might develop epilepsy.
Genetic testing can improve clinicians and researchers understanding of how various genes interact to cause a specific epilepsy syndrome. Therefore, genetic research is essential to advancing the outlook for both the diagnosis and the treatment of epilepsy.
Epilepsy in Children
Many types of epilepsy only occur in childhood, often starting and finishing before 16 years of age. Childhood epilepsies include some of the simplest as well as the most difficult seizure types to treat. Quite often, there are effects on a child’s development and behaviour. Therefore, it is important to be aware of this when considering a child’s epilepsy diagnosis.
A guide for parents
Not every child with a clinical diagnosis of epilepsy should undergo genetic testing. Genetic testing is suitable for anyone with epilepsy that is suspected to be genetically caused.