Intractable Epilepsyenparents epilepsy is when a child's seizures can't be controlled by medicines. Doctors may recommend surgery or other treatments for intractable seizures.epilepsy, epileptic, types of epilepsy, Intractable Epilepsy, intractable, seizure, seizures, uncontrolled epilepsy, uncontrolled seizures, kids with epilepsy, my child has epilepsy08/22/201709/17/201909/17/2019KidsHealth Medical Experts08/05/2017b8735f52-1cd8-4dc4-9c1e-b0af479bdac5<h3>What Is Intractable Epilepsy?</h3> <p>Intractable <a href="">epilepsy</a> is when seizures can't be controlled by medicines. (Intractable means "not easily managed or relieved.") It's also called refractory, uncontrolled, or drug-resistant epileptic seizures.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">About 1 in 3 of people with epilepsy have intractable <a href="">seizures</a>.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1em;">What Happens in Intractable Epilepsy?</span></h3> <p>Intractable epilepsy happens when the medicine prescribed for a seizure type doesn't work, stops working, or causes severe side effects that make it difficult to use.&nbsp;</p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1em;">Who Gets Intractable Epilepsy?</span></h3> <p>Intractable epilepsy is common in kids who have <a href="">infantile spasms</a>, <a href="">Lennox-Gastaut syndrome</a>, or, less often, <a href="">juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME)</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Seizures caused by tumors, scarring from brain injury, or lack of oxygen also can be intractable.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1em;">How Is Intractable Epilepsy Diagnosed?</span></h3> <p>Intractable epilepsy usually is diagnosed after three carefully chosen, safe medicines don't completely control the seizures. The chances of a fourth medicine working are very low, so doctors will diagnose intractability at this point.</p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1em;">How Is Intractable Epilepsy Treated?</span></h3> <p>When medicines do not prevent a child's seizures, doctors may recommend a special diet, like the high-fat, low-carbohydrate <a href="">ketogenic diet</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Sometimes they recommend <strong>vagal nerve stimulation (VNS)</strong>. In VNS, an implanted device (a stimulator) sends mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain through the vagus nerve.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;"><a href="">Epilepsy surgery</a> might be an option for about half of children with intractable epilepsy. Most of them can benefit significantly from surgery.</span></p> <h3><span style="font-size: 1em;">How Can I Help My Child?</span></h3> <p>Talk to your doctor to see what treatments are available for your child. Make sure your child takes medicines as prescribed and avoids known seizure triggers, such as lack of sleep, antihistamine use, or excessive <a class="kh_anchor">stress</a>.</p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">Always tell the doctor if you think a medicine isn't working or you don't notice any improvement. This helps the doctor give your child the best possible care.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 1em;">It's important to keep your child safe during a seizure. So make sure that other adults and caregivers (family members, babysitters, teachers, coaches, etc.) know <a href="">what to do</a>.</span></p>Epilepsia intratableLa epilepsia intratable es cuando las convulsiones no se pueden controlar mediante medicamentos. Aproximadamente una de cada tres personas con epilepsia tiene crisis convulsivas no tratables.
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Infantile SpasmsInfantile spasms (IS) is a seizure disorder in babies. The spasms usually go away by age 4, but many babies with IS will have other kinds of epilepsy later.
Juvenile Myoclonic EpilepsyKids with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) have one or more of several different kinds of seizures, which begin around the age of puberty.
Lennox-Gastaut SyndromeLennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a seizure disorder. Children with LGS have several different kinds of seizures.
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