What is the role of genetics in the etiology of epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The genetic contribution to seizure disorders is not completely understood, but at the present time, hundreds of genes have been shown to cause or predispose individuals to seizure disorders of various types. Seizures are frequently seen in patients that are referred to a genetics clinic. In some cases, the seizures are isolated in an otherwise normal child. In many cases, seizures are part of a syndrome that may also include intellectual disability, specific brain malformations, or a host of multiple congenital anomalies.


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