Epilepsy is a type of brain condition. It is diagnosed when a child has 2 OR MORE SEIZURES that were not caused by a known medical condition.1,2
If a child has epilepsy, a doctor may order a variety of tests, including BLOOD TESTS, GENETIC TESTS, CT SCANS, MRIs, or EEGs.1,3
Epilepsy is often treated with anti-epileptic drugs, also called AEDs. AEDs help manage seizures, but they may not address the cause of the seizures.1,3
There are many different causes of epilepsy. Some of these causes may be due to GENETIC changes or variations,1,3 even if no one in your family has epilepsy. Talk to your child’s doctor about genetic testing—whether epilepsy runs in your family or not.
Epilepsy gene panels are a specific type of genetic test that looks specifically at genes that could be causing your child’s seizure.