One of the symptoms of infant brain damage is seizures. A lack of oxygen and blood flow can lead to seizures and deaths in newborns. One trouble with this symptom is that a child with minor seizures may seem normal after they get treatment but then later have behavioral and learning problems once they get to school. EurekAlert reported on new research that brings new insights into this problem.
A UVA researcher, Jennifer Burnsed, MD, has done research into this problem and suggests that it is the brain’s learning and memory centers that are the most affected by a seizure in a baby. She mapped the brains of mice to see which areas are affected most by seizures. They plan to run learning and memory tests on these mice to see if they have trouble with these compared to mice who did not grow up with seizures.
The hope is that through better mapping and imaging of the brains and confirming a link, doctors will be able to come up with new treatments for infant brain damage that will reduce or prevent these challenges in older children. The research done so far has been published in the journal Annals of Neurology