Oral steroids besides ACTH, are extensively used in childhood intractable epilepsy, but therapy schedules are variable and the results are not concordant. We present an open study on 20 cases treated in a homogenous way: prednisone from 2 mg/kg/day to 0,5 mg/kg/day for 4-7 mths. The cases were affected overall by CSWS and epileptic encephalopathy. A complete clinical response was obtained in 10 cases, a reduction > 50% in other 8. A remission of EEG abnormalities in 5 and a reduction > 50% in 13. All the moderate side effects observed in 12 cases were reversible. Effectiveness and tolerability of this steroids schedule are confirmed.
|Translated title of the contribution||Oral steroids in childhood intractable epilepsy: Results obtained with prednisone cycles|
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - May 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology