New Research May Help Treatment of Drug-Resistant Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy

Posted on December 7, 2015 by Disability Help Group

Seizure disorders are one of the main classifications of disabilities listed in the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments. When a child experiences constant seizures that impairs his ability to carry out daily life tasks, or an adult experiences seizures at a rate that impairs his ability to work, he may qualify for disability benefits.

One type of juvenile seizure disorder, myoclonic epilepsy, was the focus of research presented at the American Epilepsy Society’s 69th Annual Meeting. A team of researchers from Cardiff University, the University of Liverpool, and Swansea University presented its study of 80 juvenile drug-resistant myoclonic epilepsy cases. These children, who continued to experience seizures after appropriate doses of antiepileptic drugs, underwent chromosomal testing.

High-resolution genotyping technology discovered that there is a 10 percent chance of the children with drug-resistant juvenile myoclonic epilepsy having a common copy number variation in their genome. There were 13 “hot spots” identified in the genomic sequence. Identifying these quantifiable risk factors could help doctors determine how difficult a child’s epilepsy can be to treat in the future, and could also potentially serve as additional evidence in disability claims.

Further studies are needed to fully explore the idea of using these genomic markers and hotspots as indicators of certain forms of difficult-to-treat epilepsy.

Childhood Epilepsy Can Result in Life-Long Disability

Filing a disability claim for a child is very different from filing a claim for an adult. The disability determination process is altered to consider the impairment of the child’s development rather than his ability to work and earn an income. If you are trying to obtain disability benefits for your child, the Disability Help Group is here to provide guidance and assistance. Contact us online or call us at 1-(800)-800-3332 to schedule a consultation with our disability advocates!