How Is Infantile Spasms Treated?
- Completely stop the spasms
- Resolve hypsarrhythmia (chaotic brain waves)
Studies show that when hypsarrhythmia (chaotic brain waves) lasts for long periods of time, brain development can be damaged. However, when babies with IS are treated early in the course of the illness, they may have a better outcome.
There are two products approved by the FDA for treatment of IS. Click Here to read more about one of these two treatment options. There are other non-FDA approved treatments used to treat IS.
Below are links to patient advocacy groups that address the topic of treatment:
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When treatment of IS is effective, it should stop both the spasms and hypsarrhythmia (chaotic brain waves) in babies with IS. To determine which treatments were most effective in treating IS, experts from the AAN and the CNS, as well as experts from the Infantile Spasms Working Group (ISWG), reviewed all the studies in the medical literature. Based on their findings, they made recommendations about the order in which the treatments should be given to ensure the most effective treatments are prescribed first.
If your baby is treated for IS and the treatment is successful, the spasms and hypsarrhythmia (chaotic brain waves) should disappear. If treatment is not successful after it has been given for the prescribed time, your doctor may discuss other treatment options with you.