This news will surely bring hope to many parents whose children suffer from gelastic seizures.
Gelastic seizures are characterized by odd and uncontrollable laughter, triggered by a rare type of epilepsy called Hypothalamic Hamartoma (HH).
AdvertisementThe 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.