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Arch Dis Child 90:379-384 doi:10.1136/adc.2004.051375
  • Community child health, public health, and epidemiology

Corticosteroids in the management of the paediatric epilepsies

  1. R Gupta,
  2. R Appleton
  1. The Roald Dahl EEG Unit, Department of Neurology, Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust (Alder Hey), Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr R Appleton
    The Roald Dahl EEG Unit, Department of Neurology, Royal Liverpool Children’s NHS Trust (Alder Hey), Eaton Road, Liverpool L12 2AP, UK; richard.appletonrlch-tr.nwest.nhs.uk
  • Accepted 19 October 2004

Abstract

Corticosteroids (predominantly prednisolone and hydrocortisone) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) have been used in the treatment of the epilepsies for over 50 years.1,2 Over the past 30 years most reports have focused on epilepsy syndromes and epileptic encephalopathies resistant to treatment with the more conventional anticonvulsant and antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and specifically West syndrome. There has been relatively little attention on the role of corticosteroids in treating other epilepsies.

Footnotes

  • Competing interests: none declared