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AES 2023 | Genetic testing for neonatal seizures

Elissa Yozawitz, MD, FAES, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, discusses clinical signs that suggest a neonate experiencing seizures may benefit from rapid genetic evaluation.
Defined neonatal seizure syndromes are often associated with specific genetic abnormalities, so after excluding other common etiologies, a clinical picture fitting with a given syndrome can suggest genetic testing may be useful. Seizures presenting as tonic, sequential, myoclonic, or epileptic spasms are often associated with genetic abnormalities, particularly in cases with a family history of seizures. This interview took place during the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2023 Annual Meeting congress in Orlando, FL.

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