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How can you have a SCN1A MUTATION and not have epilepsy or siezures? Is this possible? The person is 27 and it was found with whole exome.

How can you have a SCN1A MUTATION and not have epilepsy or siezures? Is this possible? The person is 27 and it was found with whole exome.

Yes: this is the problem of offering whole exome testing to the public without genetic counseling. The test examines known genes and determines whether a variant from the norm is present. If present in a gene which can cause disease, the following question must be answered: is it disease-producing, a benign variant, or do we know enough about it to say?Call the testing lab for an answer ...Read more

Mutation (Definition)

In genetics, a mutation is a change in the nucleotide sequence of the genome of an organism, virus, or extrachromosomal genetic element. Mutations result from unrepaired damage to dna or to RNA genomes (typically caused by radiation or chemical mutagens), from errors in the process of replication, or from the insertion or deletion of segments of dna ...Read more


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Can epilepsy cause a coma?

Can epilepsy cause a coma?

Yes: Some type of epilepsy cause come, coma means absence of meaningful response to external stimuli like sound, pain etc. ...Read more

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Please tell me can epilepsy cause a miscarrage?

Please tell me can epilepsy cause a miscarrage?

You bet: If a pregnant lady had poorly controlled epilepsy and experienced a generalized convulsive seizure, a miscarriage could readily occur. ...Read more

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Can you develop epilepsy for no reason or is there a cause?

ETIOLOGY: Mostly epilepsy has a reason. Reasons could be genetic, structural, infectious, metabolic, anoxic and soforth. However, few epilepsies have no source of seizures. I believe less than 10% of seizures are idiopathic meaning no reasons. ...Read more

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Will playing too many video games cause my son to have epilepsy?

No: Video games do not cause epilepsy, however they may unmask a pre-exisitng seizure disorder. The different lights and sounds may trigger seizures in some susceptible children. Make sure your child has less than 2 hrs of screen (iphone, video, computer) time a day. ...Read more

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Hi.I would like to know which syndrome causes petit mal epilepsy?

Hi.I would like to know which syndrome causes petit mal epilepsy?

Often none!: "Absence seizures" are often not associated with any other syndrome. Sometimes there is known cause. Sometimes kids who have febrile seizures seem to develop petit mal seizures. Sometimes it's hereditary and there is a family history of petit-mal seizures. See http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/petit-mal-seizure/basics/causes/con-20021252 People with porphyria can have petit-mal. ...Read more

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My child has been diagnosed with epilepsy and is on meds. Can flying overseas cause a problem due to the altitude?

My child has been diagnosed with epilepsy and is on meds.  Can flying overseas cause a problem due to the altitude?

Meet with Docs: You might want to meet with your doc at least a month before you travel so you can discuss changes in med schedules as you will be traveling to a different time zone. Also discuss how and who to contact in case of an emergency. The altitude is not a problem since cabins are pressurized, the problem may be that kids may get off schedules and get to stressed, tired and hungry. Stick to his schedule. ...Read more

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Could depression cause epilepsy?

Not at all: Epilepsy can result in emotional change, but not the reverse. You require meds to prevent seizures, and maybe meds to control depression. Discuss with a psychiatrist and work closely with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What could have caused my seizure if I don't have epilepsy?

What could have caused my seizure if I don't have epilepsy?

Causes of a seizure: There are many things that can cause a seizure. Anything that irritates the surface of the brain for example may be a cause. Alcohol may be a cause. Medication side effects may be a cause. The cause of a single isolated seizure is sometimes not determined with the tests we have however. ...Read more

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What causes epilepsy?

Brain hyperexcitable: The exact cause & mechanism may be unknown most of the time. Conditions such as cerebral infarct, brain tumor, increased intracranial pressure b/c of any reason, infection of the brain or meninges of brain, metabolic disturbances, eg. Hypoglycemia, electrolyte abnormalities, head injury causing concussion or coupe contrecoup brain injury, aneurysms or a/v malformation, benign increase in icp, etc. ...Read more

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What causes epilepsy?

Brain attacks: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of a risk for seizure events. It affects at least 1.5 percent of adults. Causes include genetics, brain injury, drug toxicity, metabolic disorders, cancer, stroke, degenerative diseases, etc. Up to 30 percent have no definite cause. ...Read more

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What causes epilepsy?

What causes epilepsy?

Abnormal nerves: epilepsy is due to a group of nerves in the brain firing out of synchrony with the normal, firing nerves in the brain. can be caused by scar tissue in the nerves caused by any type of trauma, such as stroke, head injury, brain tumor, or some people for some reason are born with it. some theorize that people with epilepsy are born with the propensity to have abnormally firing nerves. ...Read more

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What is cause of epilepsy?

What is cause of epilepsy?

Epilepsy: Epilepsy has no identifiable cause in about half of those with the condition. In about half the people with epilepsy, the condition may be traced to various factors, such as, genetic influence, head trauma, brain conditions, infectious disease, prenatal injury, and developmental disorders. ...Read more

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What is the cause of epilepsy?

Many causes: Some unknown, usually attributed to some type of insult to the developing brain in childhood, like mom using drugs or alcohol during pregnancy, or a vascular insult during pregnancy , or trauma after birth through adulthood. ...Read more

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I've got epilepsy: what causes it?

Brain pathology: Invariably, this is due to abnormal brain electrical-chemical functioning, and there may be localized abnormal brain tissue or more diffuse brain glutamate excitotoxicity. There is some hereditary susceptibility in many cases, and brain injuries and congenital lesions are often culprits. Any disorder causing brain damage can promote seizures. ...Read more

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Does epilepsy cause vegetive state synptoms

Does epilepsy cause vegetive state synptoms

Come again?: Not really sure what you mean. Please repost and explain what you mean by "vegetive state synptoms." I would also highly recommend that you type out your question in Microsoft Word and run your spell-checker on it before you copy and paste it into the HealthTap question box. Correctly spelling the words in your post might render them understandable and actually answerable. ...Read more

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What are the causes and triggers of epilepsy?

Short circuits...: The answers to your post are too numerous for 400 characters; the underlying cause of epilepsy is basically a short circuit in one's brain. There are a variety of 'triggers' from fever, to stress, to medications, and so on. My advice is to consult with your doctor for more information on the topic; even a discussion with your friendly, neighborhood neurologist would be in order. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get epilepsy without a cause?

Not really : There is always a cause, as abnormal brain tissue is the culprit in all cases, but we doctors don't always easily uncover causation. Quite common is nerve injury via head trauma, but there are congenital malformations, blood vessel abnormalities, prior encephalitis or meningitis, or even toxic effects of meds or recreational drugs. Sudden stopping of alcohol may also be impactful. ...Read more

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Epileptic Seizures (Definition)

Epileptic seizures. Per Mayo Clinic "Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and sometimes loss of ...Read more


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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. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more