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Epilepsy genetics: a practical guide for adult neurologists
  1. William Owen Pickrell1,2,
  2. Andrew E Fry3,4
  1. 1Department of Neurology, Morriston Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea, UK
  2. 2Swansea University Medical School, Swansea University, Swansea, UK
  3. 3All Wales Medical Genomics Service, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, UK
  4. 4Division of Cancer and Genetics, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr William Owen Pickrell, Department of Neurology, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Port Talbot SA2 8PP, UK; w.o.pickrell{at}


An understanding of epilepsy genetics is important for adult neurologists, as making a genetic diagnosis gives clinical benefit. In this review, we describe the key features of different groups of genetic epilepsies. We describe the common available genetic tests for epilepsy, and how to interpret them.


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  • Contributors WOP drafted and edited the manuscript. AEF edited the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Norman Delanty, Dublin, Ireland.

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