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SLC6A1 Epileptic Encephalopathy

SLC6A1 epileptic encephalopathy is a genetic epilepsy characterized by seizures that begin early in life and intellectual disability.

Key characteristics and symptoms of SLC6A1 epileptic encephalopathy


Seizures: Patients present with seizures that often begin in the first few days of life, vary in type, and are persistent.

Intellectual Disability: Patients often experience intellectual disability, but it can range from mild to severe.


  • Behavioral problems
  • Speech impairment

How is SLC6A1 epileptic encephalopathy?

SLC6A1 epileptic encephalopathy is suspected based on symptoms but confirmed through genetic testing that identifies a mutation in one copy of the SLC6A1 gene.

How is SLC6A1 epileptic encephalopathy treated?

Currently there is no cure for SLC6A1 epileptic encephalopathy. Patients are treated for their symptoms, not for the underlying cause of the disease. Prescription medications and a variety of therapies help to alleviate symptoms. There are currently companies investigating treatments for SLC6A1 epileptic encephalopathy.

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* 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.