(StatePoint) While there are many different causes of epilepsy -- a brain condition diagnosed when a child has two or more seizures with no known cause -- over half of epilepsy types are linked to genetics. Understanding the cause of your child’s epilepsy matters, as it has the potential to deliver more targeted care.
There is now a simple test that screens for potential genetic causes of epilepsy. Talk to your doctor about an epilepsy gene panel. For resources and to learn more about epilepsy gene panel testing, visit canepilepsybegenetic.com.
You are your child’s best advocate. Learning more about your child’s epilepsy is the first step in getting appropriate care.