Epilepsy is a neurological
condition that from time to time produces brief disturbances in
the normal electrical functions of the brain. Normal brain function
made possible by millions of tiny electrical charges passing between
nerve cells in the brain and all other parts of the body. Seizures
are a symptom of Epilepsy. A seizure starts when a tiny cluster
of brain cells begins to emit rapid, highly rhythmic, synchronized,
and repetitive electrical discharges. The malfunction may remain localized
to a small area or, with seconds, like a ripple in a pond, involve
the entire brain. The result is a seizure, the form of which may
from a brief staring episode or sudden drop attack to a massive,
prolonged, life-threatening convulsion.
Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), which Bronte has been
diagnosed with, is a severe form of Epilepsy. There is no cure for
this syndrome; therefore,
from seizures and the possibility for normal development remains
in hands of researchers. The nature of the seizures,
plus the drug toxicity and
abnormalities often reinforces the brain dysfunction and produce a
severely handicapped child.
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