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Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a seizure disorder. Children with LGS will have:
LGS begins in children when they’re 3 to 5 years old. It’s a lifelong condition that requires a high level of care.
The different seizure types in LGS can cause a variety of symptoms.
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can be caused by multiple conditions. For example, early brain injury from infection or trauma, genetic causes, or brain malformations can all lead to LGS.
Sometimes, LGS has no clear cause.
LGS is diagnosed by a pediatric neurologist (a doctor who specializes in brain, spine, and nervous system problems). Testing includes:
Seizures in LGS don’t usually respond well to medicines. Other treatments include:
Caring for a child with LGS can be challenging. Work with your child’s care team to set up needed appointments and therapies.
Make sure that you and other adults and caregivers (family members, babysitters, teachers, coaches, etc.) know what to do during a seizure. Your child may need to wear a helmet to prevent head injury during seizures.
Seizures are a common symptom of epilepsy, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Learn all about epilepsy, including what to do if you see someone having a seizure.
Epilepsy causes electrical signals in the brain to misfire, which can lead to multiple seizures. Anyone can get epilepsy at any age, but mostÂ new diagnoses are in kids.
It comes from a Greek word meaning “to hold or seize,” and seizures are what happen to people with epilepsy. Learn more about epilepsy in this article written just for kids.
What teachers should know about epilepsy, and what they can do to help students with the condition succeed in school.
Epilepsy surgery is an operation done on the brain to reduce or stop seizures.
Seizures are caused by a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. Find out what you need to know about seizures and what to do if your child has one.
A PET/MRI scan is an imaging test that combines PET and MRI in one session. It creates very detailed pictures of the inside of the body.
Febrile seizures are convulsions that happen in some children with fevers. They usually stop on their own after a few minutes and don’t cause any other health problems.
A ketogenic diet is a strict high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that can reduce, and sometimes stop, seizures.
Kids with childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) have seizures where they “blank out” for a few seconds. Most kids will outgrow CAE.
Intractable epilepsy is when a child’s seizures can’t be controlled by medicines. Doctors may recommend surgery or other treatments for intractable seizures.
Kids with benign rolandic epilepsy of childhood (BREC) have seizures that involve twitching, numbness, or tingling of the face or tongue.
Kids with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) have one or more of several different kinds of seizures, which begin around the age of puberty.
Kids with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) have seizures that start in one of the temporal lobes of the brain. Seizures usually get better with medicine.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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