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The Future of Epilepsy Treatment in Children

While a cure for epilepsy isn't imminent, progress in treatment is making a difference. Experts are optimistic that more funds for epilepsy research in recent years will bring success. Advances have already been made in the development of new technology to treat epilepsy and assist in the surgical evaluation.

Some other promising work has been done in the genetics of epilepsy. Researchers are beginning to learn how different types of the disease are inherited. Eventually, a better understanding of genetics could lead to more targeted and more effective treatments for the different varieties of seizures.

Some experts believe that a major breakthrough will be the development of drugs that are specifically designed for children. Because it's harder to research drugs in children, kids with epilepsy wind up getting drugs that were really designed for adults. Researchers are confirming that childhood epilepsy is significantly different from adult epilepsy. The next step is to make drugs specifically for children.

 

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Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on October 23, 2014
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