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Infantile spasm (IS) symptoms aren't easy to recognize. In fact, many parents don't realize their child is having a seizure at first.
People often think of seizures as someone falling and shaking, but that's not the case with IS.
Children with IS — a rare type of epilepsy — may:
IS symptoms only last for a second or two, but also tend to happen in clusters. This means your child may have one seizure after another.
The seizures happen most often when your child first wakes up in the morning or after a nap.
If you think your child may have this type of spasm, getting a diagnosis and treatment is vital.
Your child's neurologist will take a careful history, examine your child, and likely order an EEG test.
Once the doctor confirms a diagnosis of IS, he or she may order more tests to find the cause of the spasms.
Tests may include:
To learn more about infantile spasms or make an appointment for your child, contact UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at 412-692-6928.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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