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Sturge-Weber Syndrome

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Present at birth, children with Sturge-Weber syndrome exhibit a port-wine stain known as angioma on their forehead just above the eye region.  Seizures, weakness along one side of the body, glaucoma and delayed development may also occur as symptoms of the syndrome.

Sturge-Weber Syndrome Treatments

In over 80 percent of all children afflicted with Sturge-Weber syndrome seizures occur.  Anti-seizure medication is the most common treatment plan for treatment of this condition.  Depending on the severity of the seizures, some children receive full control with medication, while others receive partial or no control.  The largest numbers of children who experience seizures are provided with some degree of relief from taking the medication.

Sturge-Weber Syndrome Procedures

In the most severe cases of Sturge-Weber syndrome, a hemispherectomy may be conducted.  The goal of the hemispherectomy is to remove the area of the brain that is responsible for causing seizures.  Most patients who undergo this form of surgery experience a high rate of success.  This procedure is suitable for very few patients; however, the success rate is high.