Friday, 4 May 2018

Pediatric Epilepsy may be misdiagnosed as GI disease

Epilepsy- Disorder of repeated, unprovoked seizures more common in young children than in adults.
According to the results of a large single- center retrospective study it was found that more than 2% of children with West Syndrome, temporal lobe epilepsy, or Panayiotopoulos syndrome initially were misdiagnosed with gastrointestinal disorders. Such misdiagnoses increased the risk of cognitive deterioration, and exposed children to inappropriate radiation and invasive procedures.
It had been suggested that epileptic spasms of West Syndrome often are misdiagnosed as symptoms of GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease. Gastrointestinal Disorders include conditions as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, perianalinfections , colitis, colon polyps and cancer
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