Dimah Saade, Charuta Joshi

Published in Pediatric Neurology

May 2015



Malignant migrating partial seizures in infancy is a devastating pharmacoresistent epileptic encephalopathy of unknown etiology characterized by onset in the first 6 months of life, continuous migrating focal seizures with corresponding multifocal electroencephalographic discharges, developmental deterioration, and early mortality. Recent widespread interest in the nonpsychoactive component of the cannabis plant, cannabidiol, as a potential treatment for refractory devastating epilepsies has led to individual trials initiated by families or physicians in states that have legalized medical marijuana with anecdotal success.

We describe a now 10-month-old boy with malignant migrating partial seizures in infancy who made developmental gains and demonstrated sustained seizure reduction with the addition of cannabidiol to his antiepileptic regimen.

This report supports a role for cannabidiol in the treatment of malignant migrating partial seizures in infancy.


DOI: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2015.02.008



Saade D, Joshi C. Pure Cannabidiol in the Treatment of Malignant Migrating Partial Seizures in Infancy: A Case Report. Pediatr Neurol. 2015;52(5):544-547. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2015.02.008