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Surgery Helps Children With Giggling Seizures

by Savitha C Muppala on  June 6, 2012 at 9:18 AM Child Health News   - G J E 4
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
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Gelastic seizures are characterized by odd and uncontrollable laughter, triggered by a rare type of epilepsy called Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH).

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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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