Researchers have shown the effectiveness of Lamictal (lamotrigine) as additional treatment method in children and young people with primary// generalized tonic-clonic (PGTC) seizures.
According to the latest issue of the journal Paediatrics, lamotrigine (LAMICTAL) has been demonstrated to be effective as an additional therapy for the treatment of Primary Generalized Tonic-Clonic (PGTC) seizures, in children and adolescents. It was explained that this research analysis is the first published data from a random, double blind, controlled clinical trial of PGTC seizures mainly concentrating on patients between the age group of 2 to 20 years. It was explained that 1C PGTC seizures, which are commonly know as "grand mal" seizures, are the most common form of generalized seizures, that occur in approximately 20% of patients with epilepsy. It was also mentioned that Lamictal is not presently indicated for the treatment of PGTC seizures.
'PGTC seizures are more common in children than in adults, and are associated with increased risk of injury or death,' said Edwin Trevathan, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Division of Paediatric and Developmental Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine and Neurologist-in-Chief, St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, key investigator of the clinical study. “These study findings are important since physicians and neurologists continue to have limited treatment options available for generalized seizures in this age group.”
PGTC seizures usually occur without warning and are associated with wide-ranging physical and behavioural changes with potentially life-threatening complications.
Patients who experience PGTC seizures become stiff, lose consciousness, and jerk repetitively. Patients may fall to the ground, bite their tongue, and/or lose bladder control. Serious injury including bone fractures can occur. The seizure will typically last for a few minutes and then be followed bPage: 1 2 3 Related medicine news :1
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