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How do you tell difference between infantile spasms and benign myoclonic?

How do you tell difference between infantile spasms and benign myoclonic?

EEG: The EEG of a child with infantile spasms has a very disorganized pattern called hypsarrhythmia. ...Read more

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Dr. Osman Farooq
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Infantile Spasm (Definition)

An infantile spasm (is) is a specific type of seizure seen in an epilepsy syndrome of infancy and childhood known as west syndrome. West syndrome is characterized by infantile spasms, developmental regression, and a specific pattern on electroencephalography (eeg) testing called hypsarrhythmia (chaotic brain waves). The onset of infantile spasms is usually in the ...Read more


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What is an infantile spasm?

What is an  infantile spasm?

Infantile spasm: Infantile spasm, also called west syndrome, is a form of epilepsy or seizures as a result of brain damage caused by lack of oxygen during birth, infections like meningitis and encephalitis (brain), trauma and bleeding inside the head. Prognosis is poor and is related directly to the cause. ...Read more

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What is infantile spasm cause?

What is infantile spasm cause?

2types: Most children who develop infantile spasms have pre existing brain damage. This is called symptomatic IS. A smaller group have no obvious cause and are called crypto genie. ...Read more

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Infantile spasms advice please?

Infantile spasms advice please?

West Syndrome: Has episodic spasm like seizures, associated with poor prognosis. Typically starts early in childhood, there is possible milestone regression. Steroids are used, if there is any surgical cause in brain, surgery might be helpful. Some of the newer antiseizure meds are helpful. ...Read more

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Is my son having infantile spasms?

Is my son having infantile spasms?

Get EEG: An EEG will differentiate between infantile spams and benign myoclonus. You should do this ASAP since those children with infantile spasms early hav the best chance of a good outcome ...Read more

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Any new information regarding infantile spasms?

Any new information regarding infantile spasms?

Doctors: This is a good, but complex question. The best answers should come from your pediatrician or a pediatric neurologist for facts and the proper context. ...Read more

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How to tell if my son is having infantile spasms?

How to tell if my son is having infantile spasms?

Difficult to say: The symptoms of infantile spasms are very subtle. Any concerns you have should be directed to your pediatrician and then a referral can be made to a pediatric neurologist if necessary. ...Read more

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How would I know if my son having infantile spasms?

How would I know if my son having infantile spasms?

Salam seizure: Infantile spasm is a cluster of subtle movement of upper extremities and head bobbing which can be just for a second and can be back to back as a cluster up to 100 in severe cases, some times the infant can have multiple clusters on one day mostly after waking up or before going to sleep, if you suspect it in your son try to record the event and check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Any hopeful information regarding infantile spasms?

Any hopeful information regarding infantile spasms?

Infantile spasm: Has episodic spasm like seizures, associated with poor prognosis. Typically starts early in childhood, there is possible milestone regression. Steroids are used, if there is any surgical cause in brain, surgery might be helpful. Some of the newer antiseizure meds are helpful. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: infantile spasm?

What is the definition or description of: infantile spasm?

Seizure: An infantile spasm (is) is a specific type of seizure seen in an epilepsy syndrome of infancy and childhood known as west syndrome. West syndrome is characterized by infantile spasms, developmental regression, and a specific pattern on electroencephalography (eeg) testing called hypsarrhythmia (chaotic brain waves). The onset of infantile spasms is usually in the first year of life. ...Read more

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