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How Often Do Seizures In Children Come From Pvl
Unknown: The actual relationship between periventricular leukomalacia and seizures is unknown. While it is true that acute brain injury may often manifest with seizures, pvl is something we often see long after the seizures themselves have stopped, although both the seizures and the pvl may have the same underlying cause. Once pvl is discovered, the risk of subsequent seizures is about 20%. ...Read more
Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is a form of white-matter brain injury, characterized by the necrosis (more often coagulation) of white matter near the lateral ventricles. It can affect newborns and (less commonly) fetuses; premature infants are at the greatest ...Read more
4yr girl. Born @ 27 weeks. Pvl, cp, shunted, epilepsy, etc. Recently she has started seizure like episodes, but EEG does not show any issues. Ideas?
Meds and diet: There are a handful of medications that work well for generalized seizures. These are generally started one at a time, but sometimes multiple meds are required to control seizures. There are also other therapies, including the ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate and adequate protein diet. There are other dietary therapies such as the modified atkins diet. ...Read more
Does your service treat children that already have diagnosis and medication history for mental health and seizures?
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My aunt (from dad side)'s daughter&my little brother both have had history with seizures. Is it hereditary? Are my future children at risk for epilepsy?
Consult neurologist: There are many reasons for seizures to manifest in children. Some of them may be hereditary. There are different type of seizures, some hereditary others are not. These two children may or may not be getting same type. Consult neurologist about these children, he can examine and explain about the risk of epilepsy in your children. ...Read more
No: No but not uncommon based on location of insult and size ...Read more
I need detailed information & signs & symptoms of absence seizure disorder in children? How does it affect their daily lives?
Absence seizures can: Impact a child' s attention, behavior ; learning, even when controlled on medication. Request a " section 504" at school for any needed accommodations.. If sunlight precipitates them, wearing a large-brimmed hat when outside may help. The child should be monitored while swimming or on playground equipment. See https://www.Epilepsy.Com, the epilepsy foundation for facts ; resources. ...Read more
Soft: Soft, large, pliable toys with no sharp edges. ...Read more
Can glutamate sensitivity be genetic? Both myself and my children have problems with foods all high in glutamates.. causing seizures, ADD, diarrhoea
However lots and lots of people can be allergic to it without even knowing!! Avoid MSG and read labels carefully. If eating at a restaurant call ahead to make sure if they use MSG in their kitchen. See link below
http://www. Msgtruth. Org/why. Htm ...Read more
What are appropriate toys for children with epilepsy? My 8 month-old nephew has epilepsy, which causes him to have seizures. I would like to get him some toys for christmas, but I don't know what would be appropriate or safe.
If I have epilepsy which causes grand mal tonic clonic seizures, does that mean I shouldn't have children?
Not necessarily: Partly depends on the cause of your seizures. Speak to your neurologist to determine if you have an epilepsy syndrome that might be inherited. With that information, you can make a decision. There are medications that can be taken during pregnancy that may control your seizures without endangering a fetus. Your neurologist should have that information. ...Read more
I contracted typhoid as a newborn in 1969. I had a high fever and a seizure and taken to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I was diagnosed with ty?
This is an: Interesting story but what question can we answer for you? ...Read more
My child was born with moderate hearing loss due to nerve damage, Chiari malformation, a droopy eye that doesn't produce tears, and possible seizures. The only thing I did different with her than my other children is take Zofran while pregnant with her. C
My son had a grade 4 bleed however he is meeting all milestones at 6 myths old 4 adjusted is grade 4 the sane as pvl he was not diagnosed w/ pvl?
Confusing question: Meeting early milestones is good. To do so after a g4 bleed is hopeful, but too early think the worst is over. Staging of a bleed and the DX of pvl depend on the type and quality of study. G4 bleeds are worrisome. Kids are well past a year before we have an idea about speech and language development ; school age before learning skills are evident. These kids do their best with early intervention. ...Read more
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A problem...: Pvl as defined above is an type of brain injury that occurs in infants; the tissues surrounding the "ventricles" (which house fluid) are damaged leading to 'holes'. The problem arises in that there is no curative treatment for this disorder as of today; treatment focuses on helping the baby/child cope with the developmental and neurological consequences of the disorder in the first 2 years of life. ...Read more
Yes: This requires a long answer and there is an excellent description of the problem by sikply googling pvl. It is likely that a 4-year old had this problem at or near birth. Premature and low birth weight infants are more at risk. ...Read more
Low: Pvl, or periventricular leukomalacia, is a condition where "water-shed" areas in the brain suffer ischemic injury leading to loss of brain tissue. Pvl is most often described in extremely premature (< 28 wk gestation) infants, but the exact cause is unknown. Although less premature infants may develop pvl, this is very uncommon, and is usually preceded by a profound hypoxic or inflammatory event. ...Read more
Yes: Periventricular leukomalacia, or pvl, occurs when cortical brain tissue (white matter) is lost. It may be associated with damage to deeper brain structures (grey matter). Since pvl means loss of brain tissue, there will be permanent effects on certain motor (movement), and occasionally cognitive (thinking) abilities, often referred to a cerebral palsy. The degree of impairment is highly variable. ...Read more
Good peds OT and PT: Kids with pvl are at greater risk for cerebral palsy among other neuromuscular disorders. There is excellent rehab for kids with pvl, and most of them involve repetitive movement and relearning how to make normal movements, recruiting more brain to enable the movement to happen. Good pt and ot will help with that, and most major centers have them. The local support groups will know the good names. ...Read more
No, not genetic: Pvl or periventricular leukomalacia is an injury to the white matter of the brain. It usually occurs in preterm infants and occasionally in the fetus. It can result in possible cerebral palsy, motor developmental delays, seizures and vision problems, depending on the severity of the pvl. The extreme preterm infant 24 to 30 weeks are most at risk due to risk of bleeding in the brain. ...Read more
IVH/PVH: Premature babies born at < 32 weeks gestation are at risk for periventricular hemorrhage (ivh/pvh). Later the pvh turns into pvh (periventricular leukomalacia). There are some precautions that the neonatologists can take to lower the risk of pvh in these babies but they cannot abolish the risk. Neonates who develop high grade of ivh/pvh (generally grade iii or iv) develop pvl. ...Read more
Cerebral palsy: Ivh occurs in prematures, then resolves. Pvl is the result of changes in the brain due to prematurity. Cerebral palsy is a clinical diagnosis which includes spasticity and the ability to elicit clonus. This is often the result of events associated with prematurity. Clonus is a clinical finding that can be seen in normal children, but is more common in children with cerebral palsy. ...Read more
No: Periventricular leukomalacia is a condition where brain tissue has been lost in so-called "water-shed" areas. Since the tissue is gone, there is no treatment per se, although one may need to treat associated disorders, such as muscle stiffness or dysfunction, with medical or non-medical therapies. ...Read more
Dr. F. discussed: Acute care. At the time of discharge from the NICu, an MRI of the brain is most predictive of outcome. The NICU will give you contact info for your state's Early Intervention Program. Enroll your baby & start services right away, even though you probably won't see any signs of motor impairment, as Occupational & Physical Therapy can minimize development of abnormal motor patterns. ...Read more
My 5 year old was born with mild pvl. He is now experiencing reading difficulties. I need a neurologist who specializes in sld with pvl in georgia?
Child study center: Pvl is a marker for brain injury that is often associated with other problems when a kid ages. In the past decade a subspecialty of pediatrics, the developmental pediatrician has grown to fill part of this need. They are often found at child study centers affiliated with children's hospitals or med schools. Often the work of a team can provide more answers than any single specialty. Good luck. ...Read more
PVL is caused by: Lack of blood flow & oxygen to the white matter around the ventricles of the brain, an area most susceptible to damage around the end of the 2nd trimester. Severity of impairment varies widely, but isn't seen right away. Start Early Intervention therapy at 4-6 weeks as "Early Prevention" for optimal outcome. See: http://cerebralpalsy. Org/about-cerebral-palsy/cause/periventricular-leukomalacia/ ...Read more
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