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West Syndrome Life Expectancy
Can be normal: Very tricky question. We know that over 80% of affected children reach beyond age 5 & it's not unusual for them to have normal lifespans. It's also dependent upon the cause of the spasms & whether the underlying reason(s) can be treated. The syndrome itself is not life threatening itself rather related illnesses that tend to complicate things in addition to medication consequences. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Here are some...: Since West syndrome is a very rare epileptic condition in the infants, most of doctors may not have personal experience in it. But, I found the contents in the link to follow could be helpful; that is http://syndrome.org/west-syndrome/. Best wish to his health and your family; Happy Holidays 2015. ...Read more
My 16 month son started to have the "salaam attack" last week and dr. Ashrafi prognosised that by west syndrome.my question is: what would be the correct prognosis and treatment?and would it have a normal life such as education and social relations after
What is the cause?: Please see previous HT responses. A cause is found in 7/10 cases of West Syndrome, or Infantile Spasms, hypsarrhthymia on EEG & arrest of psychomotor development. Chromosomal Microarray detects most gene mutations that can cause it. Inborn errors of metabolism may require other tests. Prognosis is poor if development, neurological exam & MRI were abnormal at the time salaam seizures began. ...Read more
Secondarily: Infantile spasms divide broadly into those arising in the context of an identified disorder and those that are not (idiopathic). The spasns themselves are not hereditary, but many of the identified causes can be. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/west_syndrome. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
INFANTILE SPASMS:: When combined with specific eeg changes of hypsarhythmia- is called west syndrome. 2 types: cryptogenic: when no cause found, and symptomatic: due to prenatal / natal(during delivery) / postnatal insult/injury. Some genetic linkage has been recently found, x-linked inheritance is seen, some familial cases are found. ...Read more
My daughter displays all the symptoms associated with west syndrome is there any cure or treatment for this?
Pediatric neurologis: If you're referring to seizures (infantile spasms), then check out http://rarediseases.Info.Nih.Gov/gard/condition/7887/west_syndrome.Aspx. Then find a pediatric neurologist, better yet an epileptologist, to provide you with a diagnosis and then a plan of care. Good luck! ...Read more
My nephew is 11months with Down syndrome and west syndrome. He sounds congested and won't eat. Should he go to the ER now or see dr in the morning?
My grandaughter has lost volume in the front of her brain. She has Down syndrome and west syndrome. How will this affect her physical and mental deve?
Misunderstanding?: A question like this is too important, and takes more knowledge of her individuality, for us to be able to answer. Down syndrome brains are shaped slightly differently from the rest of us and almost all of them have less volume in the front, which tends to be squared. Might it be that she has always been like this? ...Read more
Not Known: This disease has been diagnosed in about 300-500 people and is known as a disease entity only since 2005. Life expectancy is expected to increase like in marfans syndrome with improved awareness and medical progress. Due to the high risk of death from aortic aneurysm rupture, patients should be followed closely. A valuable resource for this is http://www.Loeysdietz.Org/index.Ph. ...Read more
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