The Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome is a rare a severe kind of epilepsy that starts in childhood. Children affected will have different types of seizures (tonic and atonic) that may sometimes be very severe. Seizures start between the ages of 2 to 6. There may be developmental delays and behavioural problems in children that may be mild or severe. The intellectual development in people affected with this condition may not always be impaired.
HOW IS LENNOX-GASTAUT SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
A paediatrics specialist will diagnose the condition based on the symptoms. You may be asked about the kinds of seizures and how frequent they are as well as how long they last. An Electroencephalogram (EEG) is needed to record the brain activity and evaluate the seizures.
HOW IS LENNOX-GASTAUT SYNDROME TREATED?
There is no cure for this syndrome, but certain medications such as clobazam and rufinamide could reduce the number of seizures.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though this disease remains untreated, with simple management techniques and caution, the extent of it can be prevented. However, in Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome mortality rates go high due to accidents caused because of seizures and not the seizure itself.