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atypical face shape and genomic structural variants in epilepsy

We know that the shape of the human face is influenced by genetic factors. Now our researchers are using 3D imaging, or three-dimensional stereophotogrammetry, to try  to establish whether there is a link between face shape and genetic variations which can lead to epilepsy.

A face being shown from three different angles3D imaging is a sophisticated technique that can map the whole face or the feature-rich areas around the nose and eyes. Our research has shown that facial shape differences are subtle  and barely detectable to the human eye.  Also, the detected changes in facial shapes are as varied as the underlying genetic structural variations. There is no 'face' of epilepsy.

Epilepsy Society's Chalfont Centre in Buckinghamshire is the only centre in the UK that undertakes 3D imaging for epilepsy. At the moment it is only used as a research tool but it is hoped that in the future, the ability to  recognise and classify facial shape differences will be seen as an important tool in  the diagnosis of epilepsy. 

Atypical face shape and genomic structural variants in epilepsy