Journal article

De novo SCN1A pathogenic variants in the GEFS plus spectrum: Not always a familial syndrome

Kenneth A Myers, Rosemary Burgess, Zaid Afawi, John A Damiano, Samuel F Berkovic, Michael S Hildebrand, Ingrid E Scheffer

EPILEPSIA | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) is a familial epilepsy syndrome characterized by heterogeneous phenotypes ranging from mild disorders such as febrile seizures to epileptic encephalopathies (EEs) such as Dravet syndrome (DS). Although DS often occurs with de novo SCN1A pathogenic variants, milder GEFS+ spectrum phenotypes are associated with inherited pathogenic variants. We identified seven cases with non-EE GEFS+ phenotypes and de novo SCN1A pathogenic variants, including a monozygotic twin pair. Febrile seizures plus (FS+) occurred in six patients, five of whom had additional seizure types. The remaining case had childhood-onset temporal lobe epilepsy without known febr..

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