'Genetic link' to epilepsy and migraine

7 January 2013

There could be a link to a "shared genetic susceptibility to epilepsy and migraine", researchers have stated.

In a study published in a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy, researchers noted how people who have a strong history in their family of seizure disorders are more likely to suffer from migraine.

According to scientists, there is a strong chance that should someone have epilepsy will be liable to suffer from migraine and vice-versa. This commonality is known as comorbidity.

"Epilepsy and migraine are each individually influenced by genetic factors," said Dr Melodie Winawer from Columbia University Medical Center in New York and lead author.

"Our study is the first to confirm a shared genetic susceptibility to epilepsy and migraine in a large population of patients with common forms of epilepsy."

According to the NHS, epilepsy is a condition that affects the brain, which can result in seizures. This occurs when electrical impulses in the brain are disrupted.

It is generally accepted to arise as a result of some form of brain damage.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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