AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 4, 2018


Good News for Kids With Epilepsy

There is good news for kids with epilepsy. While several new drugs have come out in the last several years for adults with epilepsy, making those drugs available for children and teenagers has been delayed due to the challenges of testing new drugs on children. But an analysis of all the research published on adults and children shows that the positive results seen in adults appear to be similar in children. “The results of this analysis may bring new hope for children and teens with epilepsy and their families,” said Douglas R. Nordli Jr., MD, of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in Los Angeles, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The analysis evaluated only studies of people with primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Tonic-clonic seizures are what people typically think of as a seizure. They involve loss of consciousness, stiffening of muscles and jerking movements. Primary generalized seizures means the whole brain is affected.

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