Genetic Testing May Help Direct Treatment in Epilepsy
WASHINGTON, DC — Genetic researchers are gathering important information on mutations linked to the development of epilepsy, including types of the disease that may be treatable.
For example, a new report that analyzed genes most commonly associated with epilepsy shows that in a third of patients with a disease-causing mutation, the results had immediate implications for treatment or management.
The emerging research reflects the exploding field of genetic testing in epilepsy. And it's a complicated field; a single gene may be associated with different forms of epilepsy, but 1 type of epilepsy may result from defects in any of a variety of genes.
Some of this new research was presented here at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 67th Annual Meeting.