Paediatrics and Child Health (East Africa)
With telehealth services rescuing patients with chronic neurological disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a felt need for simplified teleneurology protocols for neurological disorders in children. Infantile spasms is an epileptic encephalopathy where treatment lag is a significant predictor of outcome. It is one such condition where telemedicine can make a remarkable difference when in-person consultations are delayed or are not possible. However, the adverse effect profile of the first-line therapeutic options, the need for frequent follow-up, underdeveloped telemedicine services, lack of a rational protocol, poor awareness about infantile spasms, a lesser level of parental understanding, and scarcity of pediatric neurologists are the major hurdles in developing countries. This paper provides a teleneurology based approach for the management of infantile spasms in developing countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cornerstones of this approach include the fundamental principles of management of infantile spasms, decentralization of patient care to local health providers, efforts for improving sensitivity and specificity of diagnosis, early initiation of first-line therapeutic options, and constant motivation of parents and local health providers to be vigilant for therapeutic response, adverse effects of therapy, and infections.
Epilepsy & Behavior Reports
Sahu, J. K.,
Mynak, M. L.,
Gómez, N. G.,
(2021). Teleneurology based management of Infantile spasms during COVID-19 pandemic: a consensus report by the South Asia Allied West Syndrome Research Group. Epilepsy & Behavior Reports, 1-15.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/eastafrica_fhs_mc_paediatr_child_health/177
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