Within ithe epilepsy community, genetics offers hope in several areas including diagnosis and treatment. For those who have never been given a reason for an epilepsy diagnosis, genetics may hold the answer. For those 30% of individuals who have not responded to current medications, genetics may provide the key to impactful new treatments. And for those patients and families wondering what the future may look like, genetics may help inform a prognosis for their condition.
This week on Seizing Life we take a deep dive into genetic testing and counseling; what it is, how it works, who should consider it, what it can provide for patients and families, and what it may promise for the future of epilepsy knowledge and care. Lacey Smith, Senior Genetic Counselor at Boston Children’s Hospital tells us everything we ought to know about genetic testing (but probably didn’t know how to ask). Lacey explains the various types of genetic tests, how they differ, why a medical provider would order a particular test, what the results might reveal, and how that information could impact patients and families.
Learn more about genetic testing and its role in helping develop precision medicine for epilepsy:
Listen to this Webinar from Dr. David Goldstein, who was part of CURE Epilepsy’s Epilepsy Genetic Initiative.
Learn about CURE Epilepsy’s EGI Program.
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