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What are the odds of infantile spasms going away with acth treatment?

What are the odds of infantile spasms going away with acth treatment?

PediatricNeurologist: While the prognosis for such patients is guarded-the acth can help a lot. Your pediatric neurologist is the best person to follow your child and answer this question. ...Read more

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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 are the chances of infantile spasms going away after acth treatment?

ACTH: It is app. 65-70%, according to the studies it is more effective in infantile spasm without a definitive etiology. ...Read more

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Any hopeful information regarding infantile spasms treatments?

Any hopeful information regarding infantile spasms treatments?

Infantile spasm: Yes, infantile spasm is one of epilepsy syndromes that represent in infancy, it can be symptomatic due to brain structural abnormalities or metabolic disorders, or without a definite etiology. Generally the first line of treatment is acth which is a kind of steriod that is given by im inj., the success rate is app. 65-70%, other treatments include vigabatrin and other seizure medicines. ...Read more

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Is there a cure at all for infantile spasms with no milestones achieved since birth for a 5 year old kid?

Is there a cure at all for infantile spasms with no milestones achieved since birth for a 5 year old kid?

Unfortunately no: Unfortunately the brain condition that led to infantile spasms seems to have caused a great deal of damage to your child's brain and development. After 5 years, spontaneous improvement will not occur, but giving special education supports, appropriate physical, occupational and speech therapy may be helpful. ...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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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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Infantile spasms and autism related?

Infantile spasms and autism related?

Not always: Infantile spasms are a specific form of seizure seen in infants that will generally be replaced by other seizures as they get older. Though children with autism are more likely to suffer from seizures, not all of them do. ...Read more

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Whats the deal with infantile spasms and autism?

Whats the deal with infantile spasms and autism?

West Syndrome: Clusters of brief flexor or extensor contractions ( spasms) with a distinct eeg pattern; can cause developmental regression. An underlying cause is found in >75%. ~50% have a prenatal/congenital cause like abnormal cortical development , metabolic syndromes. Genetic syndromes. Tuberous sclerosis is a cause that often has autistic symptoms. Also, riskof autism goes up with any brain pathology. ...Read more

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