Does Electrical Status Epilepticus in Sleep (ESES) Impair the Growing Brain?

Children with certain rare forms of epilepsy are at risk of having developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Although the cause of these disabilities is not well understood, they may be linked to abnormal brain activity that occurs during sleep. This abnormal brain activity can be measured using electroencephalography (EEG) brain wave recordings and is referred to as Electrical Status Epilepticus in Sleep (ESES).

Dr. Rajesh RamachandranNair and his team at McMaster University believe that ESES is one of the causes of developmental and intellectual delays in children with rare childhood epilepsies. Dr. RamachandranNair and his team are currently conducting studies to better understand the link between ESES and these disabilities, which will then help in developing new treatments. His hope is that improving abnormal ESES patterns in children with rare forms of epilepsy will help to promote healthy development.

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