Infantile spasms: A U.S. consensus report
Article first published online: 1 JUL 2010
Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2010 International League Against Epilepsy
Volume 51, Issue 10, pages 2175–2189, October 2010
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Pellock, J. M., Hrachovy, R., Shinnar, S., Baram, T. Z., Bettis, D., Dlugos, D. J., Gaillard, W. D., Gibson, P. A., Holmes, G. L., Nordli, D. R., O’Dell, C., Shields, W. D., Trevathan, E. and Wheless, J. W. (2010), Infantile spasms: A U.S. consensus report. Epilepsia, 51: 2175–2189. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1167.2010.02657.x
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 1 JUL 2010
- Accepted April 28, 2010; Early View publication July 1, 2010.
- West syndrome;
- Encephalopathic epilepsy;
- Adrenocorticotropic hormone;
- Infantile spasms;
The diagnosis, evaluation, and management of infantile spasms (IS) continue to pose significant challenges to the treating physician. Although an evidence-based practice guideline with full literature review was published in 2004, diversity in IS evaluation and treatment remains and highlights the need for further consensus to optimize outcomes in IS. For this purpose, a working group committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and establishment of a continuum of care for patients with IS and their families—the Infantile Spasms Working Group (ISWG)—was convened. The ISWG participated in a workshop for which the key objectives were to review the state of our understanding of IS, assess the scientific evidence regarding efficacy of currently available therapeutic options, and arrive at a consensus on protocols for diagnostic workup and management of IS that can serve as a guide to help specialists and general pediatricians optimally manage infants with IS. The overall goal of the workshop was to improve IS outcomes by assisting treating physicians with early recognition and diagnosis of IS, initiation of short duration therapy with a first-line treatment, timely electroencephalography (EEG) evaluation of treatment to evaluate effectiveness, and, if indicated, prompt treatment modification. Differences of opinion among ISWG members occurred in areas where data were lacking; however, this article represents a consensus of the U.S. approach to the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of IS.