SCN8A Related Epilepsy

SCN8A related epilepsy, also called SCN8A DEE is a rare condition that causes seizures, developmental delays, and loss of skills.

Key characteristics and symptoms of SCN8A related epilepsy

Key Characteristics

Seizures: Seizures typically begin by age 18 months. The type of seizures that present and the severity of seizures is variable.

Developmental Delays: Many patients with SCN8A related epilepsy have delays achieving developmental milestones or may lose previously acquired skills.

Other common symptoms
  • Loss of skills
  • Low muscle tone
  • High pain tolerance
  • Movement problems
  • Intellectual disability
  • Sleep problems
  • Behavior problems
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How is SCN8A related epilepsy diagnosed?

SCN8A related epilepsy is suspected based on symptoms but is confirmed through genetic testing that identifies a mutation in the SCN8A gene.

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How is SCN8A related epilepsy treated?

Currently there is no cure for SCN8A related epilepsy. Patients are treated for their symptoms, not for the underlying cause of the disease. Seizure control is the primary goal for patients with SCN8A related epilepsy. There are currently companies investigating treatments for SCN8A related epilepsy.

AmbitCare can help you understand how rare disease might be part of your story.

The average person with a rare disease sees 7.3 specialists over a span of 5-7 years before receiving an accurate diagnosis. AmbitCare Ambassadors provide free services including listening to understand your challenges, guiding you on potential next steps, and recommending resources.

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Have additional questions? Contact an AmbitCare Ambassador by phone at 508-203-6891 or by email at today.

Our hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 9-5pm ET. An AmbitCare Ambassador will typically respond within 1-2 business days.

* Please note that while AmbitCare Ambassadors can help you better understand what resources are available for families with loved ones suffering from seizures and developmental delays, they are not licensed medical providers and thus can neither diagnose any disease or disorder nor endorse or recommend any specific medical treatments.

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