The incidence of unprovoked seizures and occurrence of neurodevelopmental comorbidities in children at the time of their first epileptic seizure and during the subsequent six months
Among the 0.5-1.0% of children younger than 16 suffering from epilepsy, the most prevalent serious neurological condition in this age group (Kasteleijn-Nolst, 1996; Pellock, 2004), a number have additional neurological and cognitive problems (Pellock, 2004). Such neurodevelopmental comorbidities, including cerebral palsy (CP), intellectual disability (ID), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) (Pellock, 2004) and learning problems (Lhatoo and Sander, 2001), aggravate the epilepsy disease burden and must be taken into consideration in connection with treatment strategy and drug selection, as well as when looking for clues to underlying pathophysiological mechanisms.
A small study has trialled a marijuana extract in people with severe epilepsy. Seizures decreased among the participants, though 6% stopped taking the drug after side effects.
A medicinal liquid form of marijuana may show promise as a treatment for children with severe epilepsy that is not responding to other treatments, according to a new study.
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