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History of Neurology: Seminal Citations
February 2002

Infantile Spasms: West Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Neurology, Hôpital Ste-Justine, Montreal, Quebec.



Arch Neurol. 2002;59(2):317-318. doi:10.1001/archneur.59.2.317

West syndrome is an epileptic syndrome with a devastating clinical course. In recent years, anatomic and functional neuroimaging studies have helped to diagnose the cause of the spasms in most children, but with little progress in improving the poor developmental outcome associated with this syndrome. This article cites 4 seminal observations regarding the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of infantile spasms.