epilepsy may wonder if their children will also
develop epilepsy. Whether a family history of epilepsy (genetics) increases a
person's risk for the disorder partly depends on what type of
epilepsy the family member has had.
Several types of childhood epilepsy may be passed from parent to
child. These include benign focal childhood epilepsy, childhood absence
epilepsy, and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, which have no other known
I had my first real epileptic seizure when I was 5 years old. My mother says my eyes were rolling and I was staring off into the distance. She was terrified.
What I had is called a "petit mal" seizure or an "absence" seizure. It’s called that because there’s a lapse in conscious activity for a couple of seconds. It’s different from a "grand mal" seizure, when people have convulsions. That’s what most people think of when they think of epilepsy. A petit mal seizure may not sound like much, but it’s...
If you developed epilepsy as a result of a head injury, stroke, or
other clear causes, you probably will not pass the condition on to any children
you have. But certain genetic factors may have made you more likely to
develop epilepsy after the injury, stroke, or other cause. And you might pass
on these genetic factors to your child.
A child of a parent with epilepsy may or may not develop the
disorder. Family history is a risk factor, but many people with epilepsy have
children who never develop it.
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March 12, 2014
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