Early myoclonic encephalopathy

28th February 2019

This particular syndrome will usually begin very early in the newborn period, normally before 2 to 3 months of age. The underlying cause of early myoclonic encephalopathy is often a metabolic disorder known as nonketotic hyperglycinemia, however, it can also be caused by brain malformations and neurogenetic disorders.   Symptoms Seizures can vary with this…

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Emergency medication for the prevention of status epilepticus in the community

25th February 2019

More often than not, a person’s seizure will last for a similar amount of time and stop by itself. However, sometimes a seizure will last longer than 5 minutes or another seizure will occur straight after leaving the person with no time to recover. If this lasts for 30 minutes or more, a diagnosis of…

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Status epilepticus (prolonged seizures)

21st February 2019

For most people who have epilepsy, a seizure will usually last a similar amount of time. However, on occasion a seizure may not stop of its own accord or the person may experience a further seizure without any time for recovery. Should this last for 30 minutes or more, this is what is known as…

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Advice and guidance on travelling with epilepsy

18th February 2019

Whether it’s a Summer holiday, a weekend getaway or a business trip, travelling when you have epilepsy can present a number of issues, especially if you’re leaving the UK. However, rest assured that with a bit of extra preparation there’s no reason you can’t take trips abroad with epilepsy. There are a few key things…

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Startle epilepsy

29th January 2019

Startle epilepsy (or startle-induced seizures) is a type of reflex epilepsy whereby a seizure is caused by a sudden and unexpected stimulus. This could be a wide variety of things, and it often varies from person to person. Some people with epilepsy may be particularly sensitive to one type of stimulus. Startle epilepsy is very…

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Dravet syndrome

23rd January 2019

Dravet syndrome, also known as severe myoclonic epilepsy in infancy (SME), is a very rare childhood epilepsy syndrome. It affects as few as 1 in 500 children with epilepsy and most commonly starts with seizures that are very similar in character to that of febrile convulsions. Although this syndrome may develop from as young as…

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