Improving the diagnosis of infantile epileptic encephalopathies

Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathies (IEEs) include a range of severe epilepsy syndromes, which usually present before the age of 12 months and are associated with intellectual impairment and seizures that are difficult to control. Many families of affected children do not receive an explanation of the cause, but a genetic problem is often suspected.

Through this research Professor Angus Clarke and colleagues at Cardiff University are aiming to improve diagnosis for people with IEEs using cutting-edge genetic testing technology. If successful the research could have a significant impact on the diagnosis and management of these epilepsy syndromes, and could potentially allow the unborn children of pregnant women who are at risk to be tested for the condition.

Read more about this research into improving the diagnosis of infantile epileptic encephalopathies here.

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