Comprehensive care of children with Dravet syndrome

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Abstract

The comprehensive care of a patient with Dravet syndrome encompasses both the "care" and the "cure" of the patient, and requires cooperation among family, doctors, and several other specialized caregivers to search for the attainment of the best quality of life for the patients and their families. Several issues peculiar to the disease to be faced while dealing with the patient are: (1) SMEI is an "evolving" disease that appears in an otherwise healthy child with symptoms that appear and mutate throughout the course of the disease; (2) the severity of the disease is not fully predictable at onset and appears to be individual-specific; (3) the seizures are invariably drug resistant and seizure freedom is not a realistic goal; and (4) in addition to seizures many other invalidating clinical problems, including cognitive impairment, behavior disorders, and a number of comorbidities characterize the disease course. The comprehensive caring must be physician-guided and patient-centered and implies a multidisciplinary approach to be built around the children and caregivers, who need to be guided through the steps of the diagnosis, treatments, and managements of the various comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-94
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsia
Volume52
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

Keywords

  • Cognitive development
  • Comorbidities
  • Management
  • Severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy
  • Social problems
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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