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Seizures in Children

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…