With Epilepsy Treatment, The Goal Is To Keep Kids Seizure-Free
June 10, 2013
frequent or prolonged seizures can eventually cause problems with memory and thinking.
seizures “can actually change the way language centers in the brain develop.”
low-carbohydrate diets, including the high-fat ketogenic diet
Then there are new implanted devices that send electrical signals to the vagus nerve
to provide parents and other caregivers with an emergency kit that lets them administer a fast-acting drug to stop a seizure.
“Epilepsy surgery is underutilized in this country,”
For about 30 percent of children with epilepsy, none of the existing treatments is adequate.
transplanting a type of cell that reduces excessive electrical activity in the brain. “Stem Cell therapy may be one way that we can very specifically target the region of the brain that is overexcited and quiet that area of the brain.”
Another experimental approach involves devices that monitor the brain for abnormal activity.
Some are able to predict when the brain activity is headed toward a seizure, Fureman says, “and actually deliver stimulation that shuts down that seizure activity.”