Which factors increase the risk for cognitive impairment in Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS)?

Updated: Nov 09, 2018
  • Author: Koshi A Cherian, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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If not present before symptom onset, neurologic and neuropsychologic deficits inevitably appear during the evolution of LGS. Factors associated with more common or more severe mental retardation include the following:

  • An identifiable etiology (ie, symptomatic as opposed to cryptogenic LGS)

  • Onset of symptoms before age 12-24 months

  • More frequent seizures

Average intelligence quotient (IQ) score is significantly lower in patients with symptomatic LGS than in those with cryptogenic LGS. Earlier age of seizure onset is correlated with higher risk of cognitive impairment.


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