What is Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome?

I wanted to branch out and discuss a few of the various epilepsy syndromes including a basic definition, some helpful videos, and possibly some guest posts.  I thought I would start out with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Characteristics

  • Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) is a type of childhood epilepsy with multiple different types of seizures.
  • Intellectual development is usually, but not always, impaired.
  • A characteristic EEG pattern

Other Facts

  • Accounts for about 2 to 5 percent of childhood epilepsies.
  • Usually LGS persists through childhood and adolescence to adult years.
  • EEG is an essential part of the medical evaluation and brain imaging with MRI can help look for a possible cause.
  • While seizures usually don’t respond to seizure medications, treatments such as dietary therapies, implanted devices and surgery can offer hope and help for people with LGS.

Informational Videos

This a video discussing the syndrome courtesy of “LGS together.”

This is a video courtesy of the epilepsy foundation where neurologists explain the basics of this syndrome.

I do not have Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and do not personally know anyone who does.  I hope this encourages a discussion about the syndrome.

 

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