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What you should know
about your child’s EPILEPSY

In some cases, knowing if your child’s epilepsy is related to a genetic disease could lead to better, more tailored options for your child.

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

Epilepsy gene panels are a specific type of genetic test that looks specifically at genes that could be causing your child’s seizure.

  • Find out if epilepsy is related to genes
  • Can be done with a blood or saliva test
  • Shorten the diagnostic journey
  • Help rule out a genetic disease
  • May be covered by insurance or made available at reduced cost in certain cases
Ask your child’s doctor about epilepsy gene panels