Category: New Diagnosis ds

Wrong Diagnosis

Focal Epilepsy, Generalized Epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut Diagnosis, Atypical Febrile Seizures and Epilepsy of Unknown Cause Beginning in Children < 1 year old:  When to Suspect an SCN1A mutation related epilepsy A clinical study published in Brain 2007 (Harkin et al) reported from a multi-national study of 188 patients with epileptic encephalopathies (epilepsy with brain dysfunction) that […]

About Dravet Syndrome

Dravet syndrome Harriet Davies, PharmD written for:  National Organization for Rare Diseases March 2009 Synonyms of Dravet syndrome Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy in Infancy (SMEI) Polymorphic Epilepsy in Infancy (PMEI) Epilepsy with polymorphic seizures

Orthotics for Intractable Epilepsy

Orthotics and Shoe Inserts for Children with Intractable Epilepsy Families of children in early intervention programs and those who participate in physical therapy centers often have questions about the use of shoe inserts known as orthotics for their children. Although orthotics are mentioned in many books available to families and professionals, there are few magazine […]

My Child Has Dravet – Now What?

My Child Has Dravet syndrome – What Next?  Find a child neurologist that has experience in Dravet syndrome.  Check out the Dravet syndrome article page with links to articles.  The physicians listed are experienced in treating Dravet syndrome.    To locate an epilepsy center in the US registered with the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, go […]

Understanding Dravet Syndrome

The Dravet syndrome Spectrum Introduction Sodium channel related seizure disorders encompass a spectrum that ranges from simple febrile seizures (FS) and genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) at the mild end to Dravet syndrome (Ds) at the severe end. There are currently 359 SCN1A disease-causing mutations reported in the literature. Recent discovery of the […]