West syndrome

Common Name(s)

West syndrome, Infantile spasms

West syndrome is characterized by a specific type of seizure (infantile spasms) seen in infancy and childhood. This syndrome leads to developmental regression and causes a specific pattern, known as hypsarrhythmia (chaotic brain waves), on electroencephalography (EEG) testing. The infantile spasms usually begin in the first year of life, typically between 4-8 months. The seizures primarily consist of a sudden bending forward of the body with stiffening of the arms and legs; some children arch their backs as they extend their arms and legs. Spasms tend to occur upon awakening or after feeding, and often occur in clusters of up to 100 spasms at a time. Infants may have dozens of clusters and several hundred spasms per day. Infantile spasms usually stop by age five, but may be replaced by other types of seizures. Many underlying disorders, such as birth injury, metabolic disorders, and genetic disorders can lead to these spasms, making it important to identify the underlying cause. In some children, no cause can be found.
 

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Following organizations serve the condition "West syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

Caring Voice Coalition,Inc,

Caring Voice Coalition empowers patients who live with a life threatening chronic disease through comprehensive outreach programs and services aimed at financial, emotional and educational support. With a steadfast dedication to the organization’s set of core values, our knowledgeable, caring staff maintains our solid reputation as a dependable, responsive organization with a unique, holistic approach to improving the lives of our patients.

Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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KCNQ2 Cure Alliance

The mission of KCNQ2 Cure Alliance is to educate and to advance research leading to treatments or a cure for patients living with the genetic disorder KCNQ2 Epilepsy.

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2015

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Following organizations serve the condition "West syndrome" for support, advocacy or research.

Caring Voice Coalition,Inc,

Caring Voice Coalition empowers patients who live with a life threatening chronic disease through comprehensive outreach programs and services aimed at financial, emotional and educational support. With a steadfast dedication to the organization’s set of core values, our knowledgeable, caring staff maintains our solid reputation as a dependable, responsive organization with a unique, holistic approach to improving the lives of our patients.

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Last Updated: 29 Apr 2014

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KCNQ2 Cure Alliance

The mission of KCNQ2 Cure Alliance is to educate and to advance research leading to treatments or a cure for patients living with the genetic disorder KCNQ2 Epilepsy.

http://www.kcnq2cure.org/

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2015

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

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Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "West syndrome" returned 114 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Last Updated: 4 Dec 2015

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[West syndrome: about an observation].
 

Author(s): Marcellin Bugeme, Pascal Nawej, Olivier Mukuku

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Last Updated: 2 Nov 2015

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Obesity, Hypertension and Metabolic Syndrome in Children in West Virginia.
 

Author(s): Jeannie Co, Jamie Jeffrey, Mary Emmett, Asmita Modak, Stephen B Sondike

Journal: W V Med J. ;111(4):20-2, 24.

 

Last Updated: 5 Aug 2015

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The terms "West syndrome" returned 9 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Systematic Review of Metabolic Syndrome Biomarkers: A Panel for Early Detection, Management, and Risk Stratification in the West Virginian Population.
 

Author(s): Krithika Srikanthan, Andrew Feyh, Haresh Visweshwar, Joseph I Shapiro, Komal Sodhi

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Metabolic syndrome represents a cluster of related metabolic abnormalities, including central obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, hyperglycemia, and insulin resistance, with central obesity and insulin resistance in particular recognized as causative factors. These metabolic derangements ...

Last Updated: 28 Jan 2016

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[Differential diagnoses of West syndrome].
 

Author(s): Natalio Fejerman

Journal: Rev Neurol. 2013 Sep;57 Suppl 1():S125-8.

 

This study describes the clinical and electroencephalographic characteristics of epileptic spasms, and more especially those that occur during the first two years of life (infantile spasms). West syndrome has been clearly defined as the association between infantile spasms with an ...

Last Updated: 30 Jul 2013

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Infantile spasms (West syndrome): update and resources for pediatricians and providers to share with parents.
 

Author(s): James W Wheless, Patricia A Gibson, Kari Luther Rosbeck, Maria Hardin, Christine O'Dell, Vicky Whittemore, John M Pellock

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Infantile spasms (IS; West syndrome) is a severe form of encephalopathy that typically affects infants younger than 2 years old. Pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, and other pediatric health care providers are all potentially key early contacts for families who have an infant ...

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2012

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Prevention of West Syndrome With Low-dose Adrenocorticotropin Hormone (ACTH)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: West Syndrome

 

Last Updated: 3 Feb 2015

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Evaluation of Neuroinflammation in Children With Infantile Spasms
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Infantile Spasms

 

Last Updated: 6 Jan 2016

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Genetic Studies in Patients and Families With Infantile Spasms
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Infantile Spasms

 

Last Updated: 16 Jun 2016

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