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Infantile Spasms

Infantile Spasms: Introduction

Infantile Spasms: Infantile spasm (IS) is a rare seizure disorder of infancy and early childhood. The onset is predominantly in the first year of life. ... more about Infantile Spasms.

Infantile Spasms: Seizure condition in infants. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Infantile Spasms is available below.

Symptoms of Infantile Spasms

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Infantile Spasms: Complications

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Causes of Infantile Spasms

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Infantile Spasms: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Infantile Spasms: Rare Types

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Prognosis for Infantile Spasms

Prognosis for Infantile Spasms: Moderate. Seizures may diminism or cease but mental retardation often remains.

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Article Excerpts about Infantile Spasms

Infantile spasm (IS) is a rare seizure disorder of infancy and early childhood. The onset is predominantly in the first year of life. Characteristic features of IS, sometimes called West syndrome, include myoclonic seizures, hypsarrhythmia (abnormal, chaotic electroencephalogram), and mental retardation. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Infantile Spasms Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Infantile Spasms:

Myoclonus epilepsy of infancy and early childhood, characterized by seizures involving the muscles of the neck, trunk, and limbs, and manifested by nodding of the head and flexion of the arms. The seizures are associated with brain abnormalities and frequent mental retardation. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Infantile Spasms is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Infantile Spasms, or a subtype of Infantile Spasms, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Infantile Spasms as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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