Epilepsy and intellectual disability are the main problems for children and adults with Dravet Syndrome. However, they also have a number of other associated neurodevelopment conditions or health problems, known as ‘comorbidities’. Some comorbidities are common, others less so, and all vary in severity for each individual. 

In this section of our website, we cover the most common comorbidities seen in Dravet Syndrome, including autism spectrum disorder, behaviours that challenge, ADHD, movement and mobility issues, growth and nutrition concerns, sleep problems, infection and immune problems and dysautonomia (a condition that encompasses a fast heart rate, low blood pressure, dizziness, sluggish digestion & circulation). 

In the video below, Dr Andreas Brunklaus, Paediatric Neurologist at the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, provides an overview of the most common comorbidities associated with Dravet Syndrome. After watching this introductory video, please click on the links below for more information about each specific comorbidity.

Comorbidities intro