Topic Overview

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.

The
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.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Steven C. Schachter, MD – Neurology

Current as ofOctober 9, 2017

Current as of:
October 9, 2017