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COPING WITH THE UNCERTAINTIES OF SEIZURES AND EPILEPSY: SPASTIC QUADRIPARESIS AND DIPLEGIA

Spastic Quadriparesis Children with stiffness in all four limbs (spastic quadraparesis) usually have sustained severe damage to the entire brain. They are likely to have severe or even profound retardation. They often have experienced seizures in the newborn period (see neonatal seizures) and may have had infantile spasms during the first year of life. They will have a high incidence of generalized tonic-clonic seizures as well as of atonic attacks and the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Seizures in children with spastic quadraparesis may be very difficult to control.DiplegiaDiplegia is the type of cerebral palsy in which both legs are stiff. It is far more common in children who were born prematurely than children carried to full term. These children are usually of normal intelligence and are less likely to develop seizures. Their principal handicap is a difficulty with walking; physical therapy, bracing, and orthopedic surgery can often be of help.*200\208\8*

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