Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of epilepsy that typically becomes apparent during infancy or early childhood. Affected children experience several different types of seizures most commonly atonic, tonic and atypical absence seizures. Children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome may also develop cognitive dysfunction, delays in reaching developmental milestones and behavioral problems. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, but in some cases no cause can be identified.
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?
Most children with this disorder will grow up needing help with everyday tasks and may need to be in an assisted living home.