What is the prognosis for lissencephaly?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The prognosis for children with lissencephaly depends on the degree of brain malformation. Many children die before the age of two. Some survive but show no significant development beyond a three- to five-month-old level. Others may have near-normal development and intelligence. Children with lissencephaly often die from aspiration of food or fluids, or from respiratory disease.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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