Our daughter Jane died from SUDEP & possibly from ours and her ignorance. Nearly half of all SUDEP deaths are avoidable. Stay Alive - Read On.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Epilepsy Jargon

To provide a complete synopsis of epilepsy might take several volumes.  Here I hope to list those most relevant to SUDEP and death from epilepsy.

  • Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AEDs): Any drug used in the treatment of epilepsy which generally suppresses the symptoms.
  • Childhood Absence Epilepsy (CAE): Often called Petit Mal develops in children between the ages of 4 and 8.  It takes the form of "blanking out".  All motor actions continue but the child loses cognition of their environment.  Initially the blanking out may be for less than a second and increases, over time, in length to a several seconds.  As the length increases it becomes more obvious to those around the child. 
  • Dravet Syndrome: Also known as Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI), is a rare and catastrophic form of intractable epilepsy that begins in infancy.
  • Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy (IGE): Sometimes shortened to Idiopathic Epilepsy, this is a group of epileptic disorders believed to have a strong underlying genetic basis.
  • Febrile Seizures (FE): A febrile seizure is a convulsion in a child triggered by a fever.
  • Serial Epilepsy: When more than one seizure occurs, with breaks in between. 
  • Severe Myoclonic Epilepsy of Infancy (SMEI): See Dravet Syndrome. 
  • Status Epilepticus (SE): When more than one seizure occurs without break.  As opposed to Serial Epilepsy.
(I hope to add to this list over time, so check back...)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...