What is Dravet Syndrome?
Dravet Syndrome is a rare neurological condition that encompasses treatment-resistant epilepsy, intellectual disabilities and a spectrum of associated conditions (known as ‘comorbidities’), which may include autism, behavioural problems and difficulties with speech, mobility, feeding and sleep.
Every child or adult with Dravet Syndrome is different, with some affected more severely than others or with different emphasis of symptoms. But for all, the condition is complex, symptoms can be interrelated and seizures can be highly unpredictable.
Dravet Syndrome is typically characterised by multiple, frequent, treatment resistant and often prolonged seizures. You can find out more about the different types of seizures here.
Epilepsy is just one part of Dravet Syndrome. After the first year of life, the child’s development typically slows down or regresses, sometimes severely. Alongside continuing seizures, a wide range of conditions (‘comorbidities’) and issues may arise. You can find out more about comorbidities here.
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Genetics of Dravet Syndrome
Find out about the genetic mutations that cause Dravet Syndrome, genetic testing and what advances in understanding mean for future treatments.
Symptoms of Dravet Syndrome
Dravet Syndrome is under-diagnosed in the UK, so it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of this condition.
Diagnosing Dravet Syndrome
Diagnostic genetic testing for Dravet Syndrome is available in the UK from the NHS.
A History of Dravet Syndrome
How Dravet Syndrome came to be discovered and what we know today.
The Future of Dravet Syndrome
Dr Andreas Brunklaus looks ahead to the next 5 years as hopeful times for families living with Dravet Syndrome.