Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a severe form of childhood
epilepsy that causes frequent
seizures. Several types of seizures are usually
present at the same time, including atonic or tonic seizures. These seizures can cause injury.
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome may be caused by a
variety of brain injuries. Other problems, such as intellectual disability, delays
in physical and intellectual growth, and other mental and physical
disabilities, may also be present.
condition can be difficult to treat. Treatment with medicines, the ketogenic diet, or a
type of brain surgery called corpus callosotomy may help control some of the
seizures that occur with this syndrome. Most children will continue to have
seizures throughout life.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Current as ofOctober 14, 2016
Current as of:
October 14, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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