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Questcor and Child Neurology Foundation Support the 2nd Annual Infantile Spasms (IS) Awareness Week
Date:10/11/2010

nd to find better ways to treat neurological conditions.  While we wish every child could have the outcome that Logan Allen had, we know that is sometimes not possible. What is possible is to provide the level of care and commitment from the excellent team of healthcare professionals we have here at Barrow."

Dr. Bodensteiner continued, "And while I gladly accept the IS Hero Award on behalf of our entire team at Barrow, I must commend Logan and his amazing parents, Ryan and Tiffany Allen, who aggressively advocated for their son's diagnosis and eventual treatment."

The 2010 IS Heroes Award Ceremony takes place on Thursday, October 14, at a special luncheon at the CNS Annual Meeting.      

Infantile Spasms

Infantile Spasms is a severe, ultra-rare form of epilepsy that affects infants, with onset typically occurring during the first year of life in about 90 percent of cases. IS incidence is estimated at approximately 2,000 new cases in the U.S. per year, which can be classified as an ultra-orphan disease. For comparison, orphan disease designation pertains to diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people. IS patients experience rapid, characteristic muscular contraction or extensions lasting one to two seconds and occurring in clusters ranging from a few spasms to more than 100 spasms per cluster. Often, in the beginning, the attacks are brief, infrequent and not typical, so it is quite common for the diagnosis to be delayed. Frequently, due to the pattern of the attacks and the cry that an infant gives during or after an attack, the attacks are sometimes initially thought to be due to colic or gastric distress.  

About the Child Neurology Foundation

Founded in October 2000, the Child Neurology Foundation was created as the outreach and philanthropic arm of the Child Neurology Society. Members of the CNS include more than 1,300 child neurologists from the United States, Canada, as well as
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