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Types of Seizures

Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome

August 8, 2011

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is an extremely destructive disorder, which still has many physicians baffled. It affects between 3 to 10 per cent of children with epilepsy, more commonly in males. The peak age for onset is between three to five years of age with extreme incidence occurring in the first and tenth years of life. There…

Lafora Disease

August 8, 2011

Lafora disease, a severe form of epilepsy, is characterized by seizures and progressive neurological degeneration. It occurs during late childhood or early adolescence. Death usually occurs within 10 years of the first symptoms. This disease is rare in Canada. It is more common in Mediterranean countries, Turkey, India and Iran. For more information about Lafora…

Infantile Spasms

August 8, 2011

Infantile spasms are very rare. They occur only during the first year of life, usually starting around three to seven months of age. Infantile spasms consist of clusters of sudden, quick movements. Typically, if the child is sitting up, the head may fall forward, the arms will flex forward, and the body may flex at…

Gelastic Seizures

August 8, 2011

Gelastic seizures are brief outbursts of emotion, usually in the form of a laugh or a cry. They may be accompanied by forced eye movements, chewing or grinding the teeth, tonic posturing, and clonic jerking. The person may appear confused and/or dazed during and after an episode. Gelastic seizures usually last five to 60 seconds.…