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Can Children Outgrow Epilepsy?

Find out if children can outgrow epilepsy from Steve Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP in this Howcast video.


A frequent question parents ask is are my children going to stop having seizures as they get older. The nice thing about that is most of the time yes. If you have a normal MRI and a normal EEG, that's a really good sign. And if it presents in childhood and it's a known syndrome like benign rolandic or absence, although some of the absence kids can go on to develop juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, which is epilepsy with more of some jerking, that can continue into adulthood, but for the most part it's outgrown. The ones that aren't outgrown as readily are the kids who have autism or have an underlying developmental disability like cerebal palsy or mental retardation. They are less likely to outgrow their seizures. But the kids who are normal MRI and are normal EEG or EEG that we know what it is, um, if they go two years seizure free on medication and their EEG becomes normal, those are the kids with the best chance of outgrowing it. Right, and then at that point then we decide to ween them off the meds,and there is not a huge chance of them recurring afterwords. So this is a great thing. There are certainly epilepsy syndromes in childhood that kids outgrow. You need to monitor them closely, you need to have them take their medication, but if they go two years seizure free they're usually very good candidates to slowly take them off their medication and see if they can go on without having to take medication later on and hopefully become seizure free.

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