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What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

What is risk of my baby having epilepsy if there is a family history of epilepsy and I have seizures?

Depends on type: There are some rare inherited familial epilepsies, but most likely your child will be just fine, with just a slightly increased chance over that of the general popululation. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Epileptic seizures may occasionally result in loss of consciousness and confusion. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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Is epilepsy usually genetic or no? My mom was recently diagnosed at 53 but no family history of epilepsy.im 25 and concerned i may get it.i drive alot

Is epilepsy usually genetic or no? My mom was recently diagnosed at 53 but no family history of epilepsy.im 25 and concerned i may get it.i drive alot

Unlikely: That you have inherited a tendency to epilepsy from your mother is unlikely. For example, if she was ever knocked unconscious, that would be the most likely cause. In the elderly, the most likely cause is stroke. You can read about the various factors here: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/epilepsy-101/what-causes-epilepsy-and-seizures ...Read more

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I've never had a seizure & don't have family history of epilepsy, but I avoid potentially seizure inducing visuals. Is this a totally irrational fear?

I've never had a seizure & don't have family history of epilepsy, but I avoid potentially seizure inducing visuals. Is this a totally irrational fear?

It seems a bit: irrational to me. I'm not sure if there are visual that could cause a seizure. Consider talking to a psychologist to understand why you are so concerned about having a seizure so that you can get over this fear. ...Read more

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Are birth control pills for catamenial epilepsy contraindicated in case of family history of breast cancer and smoking? I am 41, have catamenial epilepsy, and it's been suggested that birth control pills could help. I tolerate aed's poorly, the side effec

No: Birth control pills aren't contraindicate due to your family history of breast cancer. If you are still smoking, they may be contraindicated depending on your age. Be sure to ask your doctor about this. There is a higher risk of blood clots and stroke while on birth control pills. Be sure you understand the risks. It sounds like you might really benefit from them! ...Read more

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If no family history and no head injury how rare would it be to have a gran mal seizure disorder?

If no family history and no head injury how rare would it be to have a gran mal seizure disorder?

Unusual : But several potential causes stroke tumor aneurysm febrile seizures in youth should be evaluated in my view. ...Read more

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With no epilepsy history in family how rare is it to have gran mal seizures?

With no epilepsy history in family how rare is it to have gran mal seizures?

About 1/10...: About 10% of the population will have a seizure in their lifetime. Epilepsy, defined as more than one seizure, is diagnosed in 1-3 % in the population. Grand mal seizures may be due to exposure/withdrawal of certain medications, toxins, fever (in children), illnesses (e.g. Encephalitis), head injury, or even low blood sugar, calcium, magnesium or sodium. Your doctor should evaluate soon! ...Read more

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Can epilepsy be hereditary and run in the family?

Yes: Some types of epilepsy can be inheritted, benign rolandic epilepsy, absence seizures and myoclonic epilepsy can be in the family, so usually asking about the family history of seizures is important when taking the history in kids with seizures. ...Read more

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If my dad has epilepsy- diagnosed @14. what r the chances i or my kids will develop it? 25-50% no other family hx of epilepsy

If my dad has epilepsy- diagnosed
 @14. what r the chances i or my kids will develop it? 25-50% no other family hx of epilepsy

Risk of epilepsy: depends on several things including the type of epilepsy the family member has, the genetic make up of other parent and other factors that might put an individual at risk for a first seizure ( trauma, infection, lack of sleep, electrolyte imbalance, medications, and toxic / nutritional factors ) ...Read more

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What malaria tablets should I buy for 5 days in kruger park.I have epilepsy not on medication now, this will be my honeymoon & want to start a family?

Enjoy: The two best choices would be Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) and vibramycin. Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) is a combination of proguanil and atovaquone. Vibramycin is the brand name for doxycycline. Other medications are known to lower the seizure threshold and since you are not on anti-epileptic medication the above two are best for you. These are both safe to take while trying to conceive. ...Read more

Family History (Definition)

A family history consists of information about disorders suffered by the relatives of a patient. The history can help the patient identify diseases that he or she may be susceptible to, and help the patient to ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more