Surgery Helps Children With Giggling Seizures

by Savitha C Muppala on  June 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM Child Health News
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This news will surely bring hope to many parents whose children suffer from gelastic seizures.
 Surgery Helps Children With Giggling Seizures
Surgery Helps Children With Giggling Seizures

Gelastic seizures are characterized by odd and uncontrollable laughter, triggered by a rare type of epilepsy called Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH).

The laughing seizures caused by HH, if left untreated can lead to long-term behavioral and cognitive damage. Children maybe dependant on their parents even during adulthood or may even need to be institutionalized.

A new technique called the  MRI-guided laser ablation, the brain child of Dr. Angus Wilfong,  medical director at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and neurologist  Dr. Daniel Curry, has offered a cure for victims of gelastic seizures.

During this procedure, doctors drill a small hole, the size of a pencil into the child's skull and insert a laser probe to locate  the lesion. Doctors destroy the lesion giving the child an epilepsy free life.

Source: Medindia

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