Gelastic seizures are characterized by odd and uncontrollable
laughter, triggered by a rare type of epilepsy called Hypothalamic Hamartoma
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 áMRI-guided laser ablation, the brain child of Dr.
Angus Wilfong, ámedical director at the
Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and
neurologist áDr. 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 áthe lesion. Doctors destroy the lesion giving
the child an epilepsy free life.