A member asked:

If you have baby with a guy that was born with epilepsy is there a good chance the baby will have epilepsy?he has a kid already that has epilepsy...

9 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Guillermo Philipps answered

Specializes in Pediatrics - Neurology

The risk for developing epilepsy in the general population is about 1-2%. The children of a parent with epilepsy are at higher risk of developing epilepsy but it depends on several factors: age of parent's seizure onset, type of epilepsy syndrome, number of other family members with epilepsy. The range of risk is somewhere between 2% to 10% for most epilepsy syndromes.

Answered Feb 2, 2013


Dr. Andrew Reeves answered

Specializes in Neurology

If he has epilepsy because of a gene he inherited, and already has a child with the same exact kind of epilepsy, then each child he fathers would typically have a 50-50 chance of inheriting that gene...and likely developing epilepsy.

Answered Jul 27, 2014


Dr. William Singer answered

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology

It depends on the type of epilepsy he has. If you get the opportunity, ask to speak with his neurologist what type of epilepsy he has and try to get the information about his child with epilepsy.

Answered Jun 29, 2015


Dr. Diane Stein answered

Specializes in Pediatric Neurology

A man with epilepsy who has a child with epilepsy is far more likely to have another child with epilepsy then one without a personal history of epilepsy. However, even with the same epilepsy gene in the same family, some people will not be affected and others mildly while still others more severely affected. There now are tests for many genetic epilepsies but not for severity.

Answered Sep 11, 2016



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