Panayiotopoulos syndrome (PS) is named after the doctor who first described it in the 1980’s. It is now officially recognised as a form of epilepsy. It may seem surprising that a relatively common form of epilepsy was only recognised so recently. The reason for this is that the features which occur during the seizures are very different from what members of the public and even doctors expect during epileptic seizures.
It is estimated that for every 100 children with epilepsy around 6 will have Panayiotopoulos syndrome. In the age group 3-6 years as many as 13 children in every 100 with epilepsy may have Panayiotopoulos syndrome. We explain how PS is diagnosed, treated and the good prognosis for children with PS.
Epilepsy in Children
Many types of epilepsy only occur in childhood, often starting and finishing before 16 years of age. Childhood epilepsies include some of the simplest as well as the most difficult seizure types to treat. Quite often, there are effects on a child’s development and behaviour. Therefore, it is important to be aware of this when considering a child’s epilepsy diagnosis.
Our research studies
Our epilepsy research is aimed at understanding the basic level of cause and mechanism, as well as the clinical level of symptom management.