Hutan Ashrafian believes that the young pharoah's family may have all suffered from the condition.
Tutankhamun and several male members of his family exhibited unusual feminine features and died mysterious early deaths with each dying slightly younger than their predecessor. This, coupled with stories that some members of the family had experienced hallucinations and strong religious visions has lead Dr. Ashrafian to the possibility that they had all suffered from a form of hereditary epilepsy. A seizure may also explain how Tutankhamun fractured his leg.
"People with temporal lobe epilepsy who are exposed to sunlight get the same sort of stimulation to the mind and religious zeal," said Ashrafian. Medical historians have found the theory compelling, however with no genetic test available for epilepsy the idea will have to remain speculative for the time being.
"Tutankhamun's mysterious death as a teenager may finally have been explained."
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Source: New Scientist
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