Twin Studies in Epilepsy

  • V. E. Anderson
  • K. J. Wilcox
  • S. S. Rich
  • I. E. Leppik
  • W. A. Hauser


A number of twin studies of epilepsy, both larger series and individual case studies, have been reported. These have shown clearly that both genetic and environmental factors are involved, but they have not contributed significantly to the understanding of basic mechanisms. Meanwhile, there has been rapid progress in the neurosciences, with respect to brain structure and function, brain imaging, neurophysiology, and biochemistry at the cellular and molecular levels [8, 27]. New questions have arisen and new methods for study have been developed.


Twin Pair Twin Study Seizure Type Febrile Convulsion Multiple Seizure Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. E. Anderson
    • 1
  • K. J. Wilcox
    • 1
  • S. S. Rich
    • 2
  • I. E. Leppik
    • 3
  • W. A. Hauser
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Genetics and Cell Biology, Dight LaboratoriesUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Box 511 MayoUniversity of Minnesota, Hospital and ClinicMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Department of Neurology, Box 389 MayoUniversity of Minnesota, Hospital and ClinicMinneapolisUSA
  4. 4.G. H. Sergievsky CenterColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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