Juvenile absence epilepsy

3rd September 2019

Juvenile absence epilepsy (JAE) is an epilepsy syndrome that’s quite common. It’s slightly more prevalent in girls than boys and presents mostly with absence seizures, which can mean that it’s easily confused for childhood absence epilepsy (CAE) and juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME).  Symptoms  With JAE, seizures will most often start between 9 - 12 years…

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Category: Syndromes

SUDEP and how the death of Cameron Boyce is raising awareness

19th August 2019

In July 2019, young actor, Cameron Boyce tragically died in his sleep as a result of SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). Cameron was known for his roles in a number of Hollywood films and TV shows, including Grown Ups, Descendants and Jessie.  Of course, within the epilepsy community SUDEP is not new. However, the…

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Category: Living with Epilepsy, Syndromes

Gelastic epilepsy

23rd July 2019

Gelastic epilepsy is a very rare syndrome that affects 1 out of every 1,000 children with epilepsy and is slightly more common in boys than girls. The syndrome takes its name from the Greek word, gelastikos, which means laughter because seizures will often start with unexplained laughter. The laughter is often described as being hollow…

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Category: Syndromes

GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome

12th June 2019

GLUT1 Deficiency Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the brains metabolism by inhibiting the flow of glucose from the blood into the brain. GLUT1 is the protein that’s responsible for ensuring that the brain receives adequate glucose, which is the main source of fuel for the brain. A lack of glucose can lead to…

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Category: Syndromes

Epilepsy with myoclonic absences

23rd April 2019

This rare form of epilepsy is slightly more prevalent in males than in females. Epilepsy with myoclonic absences is a syndrome that has no known cause, however, it’s believed that it is likely genetic as 25 out of 100 children with this particular syndrome also have a relative who also has epilepsy. Myoclonic absences are…

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Category: Syndromes

Electrical status epilepticus during slow-wave sleep (ESESS)

27th March 2019

ESESS is a particularly rare epilepsy syndrome that develops in mid-childhood, around 4-5 years and normally affects children who already have epilepsy. It accounts for just 0.2% - 0.5% of childhood epilepsy syndromes and it’s slightly more common in males than females (62%). The cause of this syndrome is still currently unknown. What are the…

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Category: Syndromes