Neurodevelopmental outcomes of the West syndrome in pediatric patients: The first report from the Middle-East.


Department of Pediatrics Neurology and Child Growth and Development Research Center, Research Institute for Primordial Prevention of Non-Communicable Disease, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : This study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics and neurodevelopmental outcomes of children with West syndrome (WS) by using the Bayley-III scale of infant development, as the first report from the Middle-East.
METHODS : Between January 2013 and February 2016, we prospectively enrolled 67 consecutive patients with a confirmed diagnosis of WS from Isfahan, Iran. Cognition, language and motor outcomes of the studied subjects were evaluated with the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development-Third Edition (Bayley-III).
RESULTS : Overall, 67 cases, including 34 (50.7%) boys and 33 (49.3%) girls (a male/female ratio of 1.03), were enrolled for the study. The mean age was 26.7 ± 12.9 months. Among the subjects, 50 (74.6%) patients had symptomatic WS, and 17 (25.4%) patients had cryptogenic WS. "Severe delay" was found in 76.9% of the patients regarding cognitive evaluation, 67.7% for language and communication abilities, and, 81.5% for motor function. The patients with cryptogenic WS were significantly more likely to have more favorable outcomes in motor (p = 0.035), cognitive (p = 0.035) and receptive language (p = 0.043) in comparison to those who had symptomatic WS. The patients with controlled seizures were significantly more likely to have more favorable outcomes in motor (p = 0.027) and cognition (p = 0.011) as compared to those with uncontrolled seizures.
CONCLUSIONS : WS was associated with poor neurodevelopmental outcome in our study. Severe developmental delay was associated with two major factors: (i) presence of a specific underlying abnormality (symptomatic WS) and(ii) persistent seizures as a result of the former.


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