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What happens if infantile spasms (IS) are not treated?

Shaun A. Hussain, MD
Pediatrics
If infantile spasms are not treated, it almost invariably results in severe cognitive handicaps, including intellectual disability. Although children might stop having infantile spasms before the age of two, they are likely to have other types of epilepsy if infantile spasms are not adequately treated. There is even a risk of death with epilepsy, and that extends to infantile spasms. Secondary costs include things like lost work productivity for parents and less attention for other siblings.

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