A potential new tool for the diagnosis and treatment of childhood epilepsy

Dr Sameer Zuberi, at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow, working with colleagues in Scotland and in Oxford, is looking at a new ways to improve diagnosis of childhood epilepsies and find out more about how different childhood epilepsies respond to different medications, special diets or immune therapies.

Dr Zuberi’s research study is looking at all children up to 3 years old in Scotland with new onset epilepsy. Using a blood sample taken as part of standard care they are able to analyse more than 70 genes and test for antibodies associated with epilepsy. Further information about the children’s epilepsy and their treatment will be collected subsequently.

Epilepsy has its highest incidence in early childhood, and around 1/3 of these children have seizures uncontrolled by medication and often associated with learning disability and behaviour problems. Dr Zuberi expects that knowledge gained through analysis of the data collected through this study will lead to quicker and more accurate diagnoses, earlier correct treatment, improved seizure control and a reduction in the overall burden of the condition.

Read more about this study here.

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