27.05.2018

West syndrome is a form of epilepsy, also known as infantile spasms, which usually develops in children from 4 to 6 months old. Boys get sick more often than girls. The incidence of the syndrome is estimated between 1.6 and 4.2 per 100,000 newborns.

 

West syndrome is characterized by the following symptoms:

 

• frequent and poorly treatable epileptic seizures

• hypsarrhythmia

• severe psychomotor delay

 

West syndrome is a serious disease threatening the life of the patient. It is extremely important to start the appropriate treatment of epilepsy immediately after the diagnostics. Early treatment increases the likelihood of a favorable outcome of the disease. In half of the cases it is possible to reach the full elimination of the child's seizures with a correct selection of anti-epileptic drugs.

 

It is important to pay attention to the correction of delayed psychomotor development in children, which, even with the successful elimination of epileptic seizures, often has a stable character. It is necessary to conduct explanatory conversations with the relatives of the child and teach them how to take care of this pathology. Only an integrated approach to the treatment allows us to hope to achieve significant results from a clinical and prognostic point of view.

 

Approximately 60% of children take modern antiepileptic drugs that can interrupt the seizures and also the cases of spontaneous termination are described. However, in most cases of West syndrome, severe intellectual disabilities remain, motor disorders remain in almost half of the patients.

 

The Cosmosuit specialists will teach you how to cope with the consequences of motor and cognitive disorders with the help of intensive rehabilitation.

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