Can Epilepsy Be Passed On To Children?

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at night, can epilepsy be passed down in children?rnBecause I have epilepsy, but recurrences are rare and occur when I wake up.rnThank you

1 Answer:

Hello Mr Yanuar,


One of the causes of epilepsy is genetic or hereditary factors. The risk of someone suffering from epilepsy in the general population is 1-2%, where the risk increases to 4-8% if a sibling or parent has epilepsy. Another study states that if one parent has epilepsy, the risk is still below 5%, but if both parents have epilepsy, the risk will increase.


But you don't need to worry too much, because it is still more likely that the epilepsy will not pass on to your child. Many factors determine it, including whether your epilepsy is hereditary as well. If your epilepsy is due to other reasons such as brain injury, previous brain infection, brain blood vessel disorders, brain damage during birth and so on, of course it will not pass on to your child.


The following are the causes of epilepsy:

Genetic influence
Previous head injury
Disorders of the brain such as stroke, tumor
Previous brain infections eg meningitis, encephalitis
Brain injury before birth or during the birth of the baby, for example due to infection during pregnancy, lack of oxygen, etc.
Developmental disorders, such as autism


If you have epilepsy, it's understandable to worry that your child has epilepsy too, but the risk is less. Epilepsy should not be an excuse for not having children. Epilepsy can also be well controlled with drugs, even completely cured.


That's what can be explained, I hope it's useful,


dr. Mega

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