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Lennox-gastaut syndrome

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Lennox-gastaut syndrome

(Science: syndrome) a severe form of epilepsy that usually begins in early childhood and is characterised by frequent seizures of multiple types, mental impairment, and a particular brain wave pattern (a slow spike-and-wave pattern). The seizures that are notoriously hard to treat and may lead to falls and injuries can be reduced in frequency by treatment with lamotrigone, a chemically novel antiepileptic drug. The syndrome is named for w.g. Lennox and h. Gastaut who described it.