How useful is genetic testing in adults with epilepsy?

Takeaway

  • Genetic testing may be a useful tool in adult epilepsy, particularly for patients with disease onset in childhood, comorbid intellectual disability, or drug-resistant disease.

Why this matters ?

  • The clinical benefits of genetic testing are widely acknowledged in childhood epilepsy and have been used increasingly in routine practice to generate clinically actionable findings, including indication or contraindication of a specific treatment.

  • However, the utility of genetic testing in adults with epilepsy has not been thoroughly investigated.