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Preface

      The West syndrome, first described by W.J. West in 1841, is a malignant epileptic encephalopathy peculiarly occurring in a limited age range between 3 months of life and 2 years of age. In addition to this unique age predilection, characteristic clusters of spasms, chaotic EEG abnormalities called hypsarhythmia and profound perturbation of psychomotor development all in combination solidify the identity of the West syndrome. The West syndrome is a symbolic disease in child neurology in many senses.
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