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Benign familial neonatal epilepsy
21 November 2011
22 February 2012
17 July 2015 (online)
Benign familial neonatal epilepsy (BFNE), previously benign familial neonatal seizures, is a relatively rare epilepsy syndrome arising in newborns. The genetic basis for this syndrome has recently been defined. This review uses a case to illustrate the challenges in the clinical approach to diagnosis in neonatal epilepsy, and gives the clinician a summary of the genetic basis for BFNE. Finally, an overview of counseling and clinical treatment of BFNE is discussed.