West syndrome is a form of seizure disorder that begins in infancy( infantile spasm )begining in first year of life between age of 4-8 months with symptoms of forward body bending , stiffness of arm and legs.
It was named after the English doctor and surgeon William James West (1793-1848).It is caused by organic brain dysfuctioning .
West syndrome accounts for 2% of epilepsy in childhood.Age/Sex prevalence of West Syndrome / Generalized Flexion Epilepsy
The symptoms develop between the age group of 3-6 months of age.
Although males are affected by infantile spasm slightly more often than females, no significant gender difference is noted in infantile spasm.
It is conjectured that it is a malfunction of neurotransmitter function, a malfunction in the regulation of the GABA transmission process.
Another possibility being researched is a hyper-production of the Corticotropin-releasing hormone.
• Bacterial meningitis
• Cerebral atrophy
• Patau syndrome ( trisomy 18 )
• Vascular malformations
• Damage to brain ( due lack of oxygen )
• Cortical dysplasia
• Congenital infections
The long-term overall prognosis for patients with infantile spasm is poor .
• Complete blood count (CBC) with differential, liver panel, renal panel with electrolytes and glucose, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and urinalysis with microscopic examination
• Lumbar puncture
• General physical examination
• Spinal fluid tests
• CT, MRI
• Treatment differs in each individual case .
• The two most widely used synthetic hormones are:
• ACTH and Prednisolone
The ketogenic diet which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates.
Every branch of science has its own scope and limitations, so does Homeopathy. Although Homeopathy has a lot of very good remedies for curing auto-immune disorders, male & female disorders, children and elderly people.
In cases of any emergency situation such as poisoning, serious abdominal complaints, fractures, injury, and accidents should be treated first surgically .However a patient can consult his homeopathic physician for recovering from his after pains. Please note Homeopathy plays no role in treating any nutritional disorders.
The scope of Homeopathy is limited; it is the sole responsibility of the physician to decide upon the cure – by looking into the complete nature of the disease, onset and stage of the disease and then act accordingly.
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