What is the definition of Partial Familial Epilepsy?

Partial familial epilepsy is a genetic seizure disorder in which the seizures do not cause a loss of consciousness. The areas of the brain affected by partial familial epilepsy are usually localized in the temporal or frontal lobes.

What are the symptoms for Partial Familial Epilepsy?

Symptoms of partial familiar epilepsy may include blank staring, eyes moving from side to side, changes in vision or mood, a temporary inability to speak, numbness, tingling, a sensation of skin crawling, hallucinations, nausea, muscle tightening, unusual head movements, rapid heart rate, sweating, flushing, dilated pupils, a feeling of déjà vu (having been somewhere before), and pain or discomfort.

What are the current treatments for Partial Familial Epilepsy?

Treatment for partial familiar epilepsy depends on the type, severity, and frequency of the seizures and may include anti-epileptic medications, a ketogenic diet, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding triggers, such as flickering lights. For individuals whose partial familial epilepsy is resistant to anti-epileptic medications, surgery may be an option.
Clinical Trial
  • Status: Active, not recruiting
  • Phase: Phase 1
  • Intervention Type: Device
  • Participants: 40
  • Start Date: February 27, 2018
Microburst VNS Therapy Feasibility Study in Subjects With Refractory Epilepsy
Clinical Trial
  • Status: Recruiting
  • Intervention Type: Genetic
  • Participants: 450
  • Start Date: December 12, 2015