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.
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome can be hard to treat. If medicines do not control the seizures, the ketogenic diet may help. Sometimes, vagus nerve stimulation therapy or a type of brain surgery called corpus callosotomy may be part of the treatment plan. Most children will continue to have seizures throughout life.
Current as of:
August 25, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Steven C. Schachter MD - Neurology
Current as of: August 25, 2022
John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Steven C. Schachter MD - Neurology