Infantile Spasms (West Syndrome)

An epileptic syndrome characterized by the triad of infantile spasms, hypsarrhythmia, and arrest of psychomotor development at seizure onset. The majority present between 3-12 months of age, with spasms consisting of combinations of brief flexor or extensor movements of the head, trunk, and limbs. The condition is divided into two forms: cryptogenic (idiopathic) and symptomatic (secondary to a known disease process such as intrauterine infections; nervous system abnormalities; BRAIN DISEASES, METABOLIC, INBORN; prematurity; perinatal asphyxia; TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS; etc.). (From Menkes, Textbook of Child Neurology, 5th ed, pp744-8)
Also Known As:
West Syndrome; Lightning Attack; Infantile Spasm; Spasmus Nutans; Spasms, Infantile; Cryptogenic West Syndrome; Lightning Attacks; Salaam Attacks; Symptomatic West Syndrome; Attack, Lightning; Attacks, Lightning; Attacks, Salaam; Cryptogenic Infantile Spasm; Hypsarrhythmias; Infantile Spasm, Cryptogenic; Infantile Spasm, Symptomatic; Infantile Spasms, Cryptogenic; Infantile Spasms, Symptomatic; Jackknife Seizure; Nodding Spasms; Seizure, Jackknife; Seizures, Jackknife; Seizures, Salaam; Spasm, Cryptogenic Infantile; Spasm, Nodding; Spasm, Symptomatic Infantile; Spasms, Cryptogenic Infantile; Spasms, Nodding; Spasms, Symptomatic Infantile; Symptomatic Infantile Spasm; Syndrome, Cryptogenic West; Syndrome, Symptomatic West; Syndrome, West; West Syndrome, Cryptogenic; West Syndrome, Symptomatic; Cryptogenic Infantile Spasms; Hypsarrhythmia; Jackknife Seizures; Nodding Spasm; Salaam Seizures; Symptomatic Infantile Spasms
Networked: 1132 relevant articles (162 outcomes, 147 trials/studies)

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Related Diseases

1. Seizures (Seizure)
2. Infantile Spasms (West Syndrome)
3. Tuberous Sclerosis (Bourneville's Disease)
4. Epilepsy (Aura)
5. Spasm (Spasms)


1. Zou, Li-Ping: 15 articles (12/2015 - 11/2006)
2. Mytinger, John R: 9 articles (09/2015 - 08/2010)
3. Dulac, Olivier: 9 articles (01/2015 - 03/2003)
4. Kossoff, Eric H: 9 articles (09/2013 - 05/2002)
5. Snead, O Carter: 8 articles (08/2015 - 01/2002)
6. Galanopoulou, Aristea S: 8 articles (07/2015 - 08/2011)
7. Chiron, Catherine: 8 articles (01/2015 - 03/2003)
8. Yang, Guang: 7 articles (08/2015 - 02/2011)
9. Haginoya, Kazuhiro: 7 articles (06/2015 - 07/2009)
10. Oguni, Hirokazu: 7 articles (01/2015 - 05/2005)

Drugs and Biologics

Drugs and Important Biological Agents (IBA) related to Infantile Spasms:
1. Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)FDA Link
2. VigabatrinFDA Link
3. Lennox-Gastaut type Epileptic encephalopathyIBA
4. topiramate (Topamax)FDA LinkGeneric
5. Valproic Acid (Valproate, Semisodium)FDA LinkGeneric
6. zonisamide (Zonegran)FDA LinkGeneric
7. lamotrigine (Lamictal)FDA LinkGeneric
8. Anticonvulsants (Antiepileptic Drugs)IBA
9. felbamate (Felbatol)FDA Link
10. Vitamin B 6IBA

Therapies and Procedures

1. Ketogenic Diet
2. Carbohydrate-Restricted Diet (Low Carbohydrate Diet)
3. Hemispherectomy
4. Drug Therapy (Chemotherapy)
5. Prenatal Care