Dravet syndrome (DS) is a rare genetic condition that occurs in approximately 1:16,000 – 1:21,000 births . The course of this disorder is variable from patient to patient, but most individuals with DS have prolonged seizures, often febrile, including status epilepticus before age one, along with multiple seizure types that are resistant to treatment; developmental delays; lowered immunity; orthopedic concerns; and hyperactivity. Some, but not all patients have a family history of febrile seizures or seizure disorders.
Individuals with Dravet syndrome are often misdiagnosed with another seizure disorder (such as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome) or given a broad diagnosis of intractable epilepsy. A correct and early diagnosis can have positive, long-lasting effects on the overall development of an individual with Dravet syndrome. A diagnosis at ANY AGE can benefit the patient and often improve his or her quality of life.
Our newest program is aimed at raising awareness among professionals of Dravet syndrome and associated epilepsies.