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Infantile spasms (West syndrome) are muscle spasms that affect a
child's head, torso, and limbs. Infantile spasms usually begin before the age
of 6 months.
Infantile spasms are treated with adrenocorticotropic hormone (Acthar)
or prednisone. They generally do not respond well to medicines used to treat
epilepsy. Vigabatrin (Sabril) may also be an effective
treatment for infantile spasms especially when they are caused by a disease
called tuberous sclerosis.
August 26, 2011
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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