Epilepsy and developmental delays are the main problems for children and adults with Dravet Syndrome. However, they also have a number of other associated health problems, known as comorbidities. Some comorbidities are common, others less so, and all will vary in severity for each individual.
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.
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.
Sleeping difficulties have been shown to affect between 75% and 97% of individuals with Dravet Syndrome.
Symptoms include fast heart rate, low blood pressure, dizziness, sluggish digestion & circulation.
Growth and Nutrition Concerns
Around 60% of children with Dravet Syndrome show some growth and nutrition issues of varying extent.
Infections and Immune Problems
Frequent ear, nose, throat, lung and digestive infections can be a problem for some people with Dravet Syndrome.