Metabolic epilepsies are conceptualized as having a distinct metabolic abnormality that has been demonstrated to be associated with a substantially increased risk of developing epilepsy in appropriately designed studies. Metabolic disorders have genetic origin; however, as we currently understand it, the metabolic abnormalities are a separate disorder interposed between the genetic defect and the epilepsy.

Metabolic epilepsies, that are important to recognize (particularly those where epilepsy is the predominant condition and early treatment optimizes outcome), are presented in this section of

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