i have a 2 month old baby, she had her first episode of seizure on her 5th day (2 episodes of clonic seizures and 3 episodes of multifocal seizures). she is right now on gardinal 15mg and no more episodes of seizures occurred after that (touch wood).
Her brain MRI reports as "multifocal non enhancing punctate areas of FLAIR hyperintensities with some showing diffusion restriction in bilateral periventricular regions with diffusion restriction in splenium and genu of corpus callosum and MR spectroscopy showing increased lactate levels"
on recent tests it was found that her blood lactate and pyruvate levels (arterial samples taken) were high, 62 mg/dl and 6.5 mg/dl respectively.
the metabolic screening and CSF test report says "normal"
the doctor says her development till now is normal but high lactate levels are serious and bound to cause probs in the future
Im planning to show her to a paed neurologist in bangalore.
my questions are,
should i show her to a paediatrician or a paediatric neurologist?
will her seizures continue?
What are the consequences of high lactate levels and most important of all will she be able to lead a normal life???
The lactate test is primarily ordered to help determine if someone has lactic acidosis, a high level of lactate in the blood. Lactic acidosis is most commonly caused by an inadequate amount of oxygen in cells and tissues. This in turn can cause seizures. FLAIR is a common MRI technique used when shooting MRI images to eliminate CSF, or cerebrospinal fluid, in the image. This allows any periventricular hyperintense lesions, such as scars, to be visible.
Whether she will continue to have seizures or not will depend on the cause. Like for example, if the insult to the brain was due to a cause like infection, once this is resolved, her seizures may not recur. I suggest you consult a pediatrician and he may then refer you to a paediatric neurologist.
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