When a child has seizures, the experience can be hard on the entire family. Our pediatric neurologists recognize and treat the special needs of infants, children and adolescents with epilepsy (also known as a seizure disorder).
About Our Center
- We specialize in diagnosis and treatment of children with difficult-to-control epilepsy (also known as refractory or intractable epilepsy).
- We care for approximately 2,500 pediatric epilepsy patients.
- Our physicians have completed extra certifications and training for epilepsy.
- We offer advanced technology to help control epileptic seizures with minimal side effects.
- We use medical and surgical evaluation, in addition to the ketogenic diet, based on the individual needs of each child.
The Children's Epilepsy Center (11 Images)
Thanks to generous philanthropic support, the Children's Epilepsy Center now has 13 state-of-the-art, all-digital, video-monitored bed units for epilepsy patients, making it one of the largest and busiest pediatric units in the country.
The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) recognizes us as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
Accredited EEG Lab
Our EEG lab is accredited by the EEG Laboratory Accreditation Board of ABRET (LAB-EEG), which means we perform EEGs to the highest standards.
We are the second hospital in Georgia and the 11th pediatric hospital in the country to achieve accreditation.
Diagnosis and Testing
A seizure might not be completely understood right away, but tests can help find out more about their cause. Doctors can diagnose a seizure with a physical examination and tests. During the examination, the doctor takes a complete medical history of the child and family and asks when the seizures occurred. Seizures might be caused by neurological problems and might require further medical follow-up.
Diagnostic tests can include:
- Blood tests
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Dense array EEG
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
- Wada evaluations
- Computerized tomography (CT scan)
- Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
We also offer:
- 24-hour neurocritical care Intensive Care Unit (ICU) monitoring
- Intractable seizure evaluations
- New/investigational drug trials
- Psychosocial assessment and support
- Intracranial monitoring and resection
Your child's doctor will determine specific treatment for your child's seizures.
Some treatments we offer include:
- Pediatric ketogenic diet—Some children who are having problems with medications, or whose seizures are not being well controlled, might be placed on this special diet.
- Neuropsychology services
- Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)—Some children whose seizures are not being well-controlled with seizure medications may benefit from this procedure.
- Surgery—Surgery might be an option for some children who have epilepsy.
Specific treatment for a seizure will be determined by your child's physician based on:
- Your child's age, overall health and medical history
- Extent of the condition
- Type of seizure
- Your child's tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the condition
- Your opinion or preference
Goals of Seizure Management
The goal of seizure management is to control, stop or decrease the frequency of the seizures without interfering with the child's normal growth and development.
Other goals of seizure management include:
- Proper identification of the type of seizure
- Using medication specific to the type of seizure
- Using the least amount of medication to achieve adequate control
- Maintaining good medication levels
Our multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals has special training and experience with childhood epilepsy.
Pediatric specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, nursing, EEG technology and social work provide a comprehensive, coordinated approach to the care of infants, children and adolescents with seizure disorders.
Family Support Services
When a child is diagnosed with an illness, it affects every member of the family. Our center offers support groups for both parents and children who are dealing with epilepsy.
In collaboration with Camp Twin Lakes, we also offer Camp Carpe Diem for patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders.
Learn More about Seizures
View our frequently asked questions about seizures.
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