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Nodding Syndrome: Bridging The Gap

Nodding Syndrome: Bridging The Gap

Nodding syndrome is a neurologic disorder that affects children aged 5-15 years when it first appears from East Africa. One of the most significant criteria for diagnosis is atonic seizures with dorsoventral "nodding" that occurs in the brain.

The comorbidities are behavioral and psychological issues, malnutrition, mental decline, school dropout, and various seizure types.  To help such sufferers NGOs like Acholi Resilience are taking initiatives you can also join them.

This study aimed to document the presentation and rehabilitation outcome of NS children attending the Hope for HumaNs (HfH) center in the district between September 2012 through October 2013.

Statistics of growth have shown an improvement in growth over time with locally-sourced nutrition as well as multivitamin supplements. Moderate and severe stunting was decreased from a total of 54.8 percent to 7.7 percent and 12.8 percent respectively. The severity and moderate amount of wasting were decreased by 29.1 percent to 2.6 percentage and 5.1 percentage respectively.

Potential sources of error may be present when analyzing various types of seizures. Nodding Syndrome seizures may be similar to other disorders of convulsive disorder. It is important to remember that because of variations in the quality of training for staff at the HfH care center, seizures kinds and the time of the events could not have been documented consistently. This could lead to mistakes since other types of convulsive disorders may be classified as Nodding Syndrome.

The severe stunting and malnutrition of NS youngsters in Uganda could be partly not related to the syndrome, but due to inadequate nutrition. As such, NS isn't "invariably deadly" but is an underlying neurological disorder that can be treated.