Epilepsy and developmental delays are the main problems for children and adults with Dravet Syndrome. However, they also have a number of other health problems. Some conditions are common, others less so, and all will vary in severity for each individual.
Secondary conditions can include the following. Follow the links to find out more.
Sleeping difficulties have been shown to affect between 75% and 97% of individuals with Dravet Syndrome.
Autistic Spectrum Condition
More than half of people with Dravet Syndrome report some characteristics of autism.
ADHD & Behavioural Difficulties
Up to two-thirds of Dravet children have inattention/hyperactivity symptoms and one-third have conduct or behavioural difficulties.
Coordination and Orthopaedic Disorders
Up to 80% of families of people with Dravet Syndrome experience these, sometimes described as ataxia and gait issues.
Growth and Nutrition Concerns
Around 60% of children with Dravet Syndrome show some growth and nutrition issues of varying extent.
Symptoms include fast heart rate, low blood pressure, dizziness, sluggish digestion & circulation.
Infections and Immune Problems
Frequent ear, nose, throat, lung and digestive infections can be a problem for some people with Dravet Syndrome.