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Epilepsy Res. 2012 Jun;100(1-2):194-8. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2012.02.007. Epub 2012 Mar 3.

Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome is not caused by SCN1A mutations.

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Epilepsy Research Centre, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.


Two distinctive epileptic encephalopathies, febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES) and Dravet syndrome (DS), present with febrile status epilepticus in a normal child followed by refractory focal seizures and cognitive decline although there are differentiating features. Abnormalities of the sodium channel gene SCN1A are found in 75% of DS patients. We found no SCN1A mutations or copy number variants in 10 patients with FIRES. Other genetic etiologies deserve consideration.

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