Myth: No medical tests can determine if a child will develop epilepsy in the future. Truth: This is false. Epilepsy is a nervous system disorder that is seen among many children and young teens. Although epilepsy can be treated with medications, young children with epilepsy are more likely to have a neuro-developmental disorder that creates epilepsy. As such, a recently published study has shown a genetic test that can prescreen young children for epilepsy to ensure that their physicians can decide on the most effective treatments for these individuals to promote healthy brain development.
A new study supports routine genetic testing for epilepsy in young children with seizures. “Precision medicine means nothing without precision diagnosis, and we can now provide precision diagnosis,” said study lead author Anne Berg, of the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.