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Infantile Epilepsy
May 2001

Q. What do they have in the experimental stage's for infantile epilepsy

A. Epilepsy is a condition in which a group of nerve cells in the brain discharge spontaneously. The effects depend on the area of the brain involved; these events can cause limited effects such as a period of confusion, a localized area of muscle spasm or jerking, or generalized motor activity usually called a grand mal seizure. A fairly common occurrence in childhood is a febrile seizure, meaning a seizure occurs during a time when the child is ill and runs a fever. This type of seizure may require intermittent or continual medication, but has a good chance of resolving as the child gets older. Medications that are often helpful include phenobarbital and dilantin, as well as others. All medications have side effects, so it can be a challenge for the doctor to find the right combination or the right dose to give good seizure control without too much sedation. This is an active area of research, and there are some good websites to help you keep up to date on your topic:


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