Infantile spasms represent an age-related epileptic encephalopathy. Outcomes depend on several modifiable risk factors such as early recognition of the syndrome, appropriate treatment, and appropriate follow-up. Since infantile spasms are rare, clinical advances require multicenter collaborative research. Although much progress has been made, multiple areas of controversy remain. This symposium will provide an update on recent clinical research for infantile spasms. We will review key topics, such as diagnosis and etiologies, EEG findings, evidence for treatment and what to do when standard treatments fail.
Following participation in this activity, learners should be able to:
- Identify the criteria for West syndrome
- Recognize other syndromes that may be confused with West syndrome
- Restate etiologies associated with West syndrome
- Identify common features of hypsarrhthmia
- Identify tools to improve inter-rater reliability of hypsarrythmia
- Identify patients who should be referred to an epilepsy center for surgical evaluation
- Identify factors that may influence treatment outcomes, such as EEG findings and etiology
- Locate evidence undergirding treatment recommendations
- Recognize response rates to non-standard medications
- Identify additional treatment options available for infantile spasms when medications fail
Neurologists, epileptologists, pediatric neurologists, nurses, psychologists/neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, pharmacists
Co-chairs: Kelly Knupp, M.D. and Renée Shellhaas, M.D.
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