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Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

 

 

 

What is Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS)? -(Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria)

 

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is one of the more severe forms of epilepsy. It usually develops during preschool years and is characterised by several seizure types and developmental delay. Seizures are generally difficult to control due to their resistance to anti-epileptic drugs.

 

What causes LGS?

Often no specific cause is identifiable, however, some of the known causes include:

      • Developmental malformations of the brain
      • Genetic brain diseases, such as tuberous sclerosis, and inherited metabolic brain diseases
      • Brain injury due to problems associated with pregnancy and birth including prematurity, asphyxia (lack of oxygen) and/or low birth weight
      • Severe brain infections including encephalitis, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and rubella.

In many instances, LGS is a sequel to infantile spasms which are sudden spasms or bending of the body, either at the trunk or neck. These usually commence between three and eight months, and may develop into the mixed seizure pattern,which characterises LGS, at two to three years.

There is also a number of rare childhood diseases which may lead to LGS

 

How common is LGS?

It is estimated that LGS occurs in between three to eleven per cent of childhood epilepsies with slightly more males than females affected. The average age of onset is three years

http://www.nevdgp.org.au/info/epilepsyf/LennoxGastautSyndromeLGS.htm

 

Epilepsy in children - Better Health Channel

Epilepsy is most common in children and includes a variety of seizure types. Epilepsy is a condition in which a person has a tendency to have recurring seizures. Febrile convulsions are not a form of epilepsy. Children with epilepsy can still attend preschool, school and sports, but the risks must be managed. Epilepsy may affect learning and behaviour in some children.

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Epilepsy_in_children

 

Epilepsy - seizures explained - Better Health Channel -open

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition in which a person has a tendency to have recurring seizures. It is estimated that as many as ten percent of people will have an isolated seizure and at least a third will go on to have a recurrence and eventually be diagnosed with epilepsy. Approximately two percent of people are living with active epilepsy in the community.

http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Epilepsy_seizures_explained?open

 

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Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome- Introduction

Published 10-4-2012

Epilepsy Therapy Project Presents

Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Roundtable

Dr. Raj Sheth-Published 2-4-2012

Epilepsy Therapy Project Presents

Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Roundtable

Dr. Randa Jarrar-Published 10-4-2012

Epilepsy Therapy Project Presents

Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Roundtable

Dr. BLanca Vazuez-Published 10-4-2012

Epilepsy Therapy Project Presents

Treatments for Patients with 

Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

Published 10-4-2012