What causes a gelastic seizure to happen?
These types of seizures originate from the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that’s responsible for controlling bodily functions such as blood pressure, sweating, or shivering, hunger and fullness, etc.
Persons with this type of seizure can sometimes have a noncancerous tumor in their hypothalamus known as a hamartoma. It is believed that this is responsible for the seizures.
For the most part, hamartomas are considered harmless, aside from the seizures that it can cause. There’s also usually no need to remove the hamartoma, but, in some cases, it might be necessary.
Gelastic seizures can also have triggers, just like other seizures. Here are some of those triggers:
- Sudden noises or loud noises
- Being afraid
Can it be prevented?
For the most part, there’s really no way to prevent a child from having gelastic seizures. So it is important for parents to be mindful of the symptoms of this type of seizure, and to seek medical attention immediately for their child.
The sooner a diagnosis can be made, the better the outcome would be for the child. Doctors will usually prescribe different types of medication that would help control the seizures.
They can also give parents advice on what to do if their child has a seizure, and how to avoid triggers that could cause a seizure to happen.
How is it treated?
Treatment for gelastic seizures is very important. Since these types of seizures occur in childhood, it can have a negative impact on a child’s development. Treatment can be done in a variety of ways. The most common is through prescription medication that can help control the frequency and severity of the seizures.