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Genetics in Epilepsy

Did you know there are tools on Seizure Tracker to help understand the role genetics can play in Epilepsy?

Two out of three people with seizures don't know the cause of their condition. Understanding the genetic basis of your epilepsy and how it compares to others can help researchers find new treatments and possibly a cure.

What do genes tell us about Epilepsy?
Knowing the genetic basis of your epilepsy is valuable for obtaining a diagnosis, estimating prognosis, determining risks, and guiding treatment choices. Finding the genes that cause epilepsy could help us find cures faster because of the information that could be learned about the condition. Through genetic testing you may learn more about the cause of your seizures and you may even help advance research.

  • Not everyone has a genetic cause of their epilepsy, but some people do. More than half of all known causes of epilepsy have genetic markers.
  • In many cases, the genetic diagnosis can be an important factor in determining treatment. Having a particular genetic marker might give insight into treatments that are known to be beneficial or have shown adverse affects for a given genetic diagnosis.
  • To make progress in epilepsy research, scientists need data from a lot of people to help better understand the causes of epilepsy and determine good treatment options.

For more information on Genetics and Epilepsy check out the video at the Epilepsy Genetics Initiative website.

DNAWe have been collaborating with Courtagen, Seizure Tracker users and other patient advocacy groups to ensure is providing tools for our doctors and researchers to better understand the role of genetics in Epilepsy.

Do you want to know what some of the immediate results a genetic screening can have regarding treatment? Check out epiSEEK®.

Data Share toolUsing the "Data Share" tool on Seizure Tracker...
As a part of our effort to help researchers and doctors understand seizures and related therapies, we have launched an anonymous data sharing initiative. This initative is in response to a Seizure Tracker user survey which highlighted our users' interest in participating in Epilepsy related research.

  • Seizure Tracker users can choose to share their anonymous seizure and treatment information with our data share partners.
  • Visit the Seizure Tracker help section to learn more.
  • Check out the results of our past user research survey and how to opt-out of general data exports.
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Does genetics apply to my epilepsy?
Many types of Epilepsy have genetic markers. Understanding those markers can help your doctors make better treatment decisions. Click for more info.

Other helpful links:
Personalized medicine
Genetics Glossary of Terms

Visit the Epilepsy Genetics Initiative website to get more information.
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