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Is nocturnal epilepsy hereditary?
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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
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In brief: Nocturnal epilepsy
Some are. Others are not.
Most neurologists would be able to tell you if they feel that yours is genetic based.

In brief: Nocturnal epilepsy
Some are. Others are not.
Most neurologists would be able to tell you if they feel that yours is genetic based.
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Dr. Eric Weisman
And with most seizure types, seizure's are more likely to occur associated with sleep. (AM Myoclonus with JME, symptomatic focal seizures on transition to stage 2 sleep, etc)
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
In brief: Yes
We are becoming more aware of the hereditary risk for families with a history of epilepsy.
Specific epilepsy types often tend to run in families. There are genetic markers that can be studied to see if a common marker exists in the family and if it correlates with the risk for epilepsy. However, there is no prevention or avoidance of the risk. Good seizure management is necessary, regardless.

In brief: Yes
We are becoming more aware of the hereditary risk for families with a history of epilepsy.
Specific epilepsy types often tend to run in families. There are genetic markers that can be studied to see if a common marker exists in the family and if it correlates with the risk for epilepsy. However, there is no prevention or avoidance of the risk. Good seizure management is necessary, regardless.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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