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Infantile spasm, also known as West syndrome, is a rare type of seizure disorder which is characterized by sudden stiffening of the body, legs and arms, and forward bending of head. It is diagnosed by physical examination, neurological examination, electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), blood tests and urine tests. The treatment for infantile spasm includes steroid therapy with adrenocorticotropic hormone, seizure medications, ketogenic diet and epilepsy surgery. Children suffering from infantile spasm have intellectual disabilities, developmental delay and can develop autism in life.
GW Pharmaceuticals plc is in the process of developing Epidiolex, as a cannabinoid product candidate for the treatment of infantile spasm. Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc. and NovelMed Inc. are some other key players having pipeline drugs for infantile spasm.