Epilepsy Center

The Future of Pediatric Epilepsy Care is Happening Now

Epilepsy Center

Comprehensive pediatric epilepsy care requires unique specialists, leading technology and a multidisciplinary team. At the Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we take it to the highest level. That’s why the National Association of Epilepsy Centers has accredited us as a level-four epilepsy program—the highest level of epilepsy care.

In addition to standard services, we provide complex neurodiagnostic monitoring as well as neuropsychological and psychosocial evaluation and treatment. Our level-four designation also means offering advanced epilepsy surgery services, including evaluation with intracranial electrodes.

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Nationwide Children's has been designated by NAEC as a Level 4 Epilepsy Program. Find out why that's important to your child's care.

Benefits of Level 4 Epilepsy Center Care

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Broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy

 

 

 

Electrocorticography

 

 

 

Evoked potential recording

 

 

 

Functional cortical mapping with subdural electrodes

 

 

 

Intracranial evaluations

 

 

 

Specialized neuroimaging (PET, SPECT)

 

 

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Implantation of vagus nerve stimulators

 

 

Straightforward respective epilepsy surgery

 

 

Noninvasive evaluation for epilepsy surgery

 

 

Basic neurodiagnostic evaluation

 

 

Basic range of medical, neuro-psychological and psychosocial care

 

 

General neurology

 

Primary care physician, hospital emergency department

National Association of Epilepsy Centers "Guidelines for essential services, personnel and facilities in specialized epilepsy centers." 2010 Jan 12. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved from www.naec-epilepsy.org.

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Services We Offer

Advanced Epilepsy Technology

We use the latest technological advancements to diagnose epilepsy. Our video telemetry unit incorporates continuous EEG monitoring with simultaneous digital video recordings to timelock clinical events to the EEG. For children with intractable seizures, EEG recordings directly from the surface of the brain are available to map discrete lesions for possible surgical resection.

Diagnostic Studies

  • Routine digital video EEG
  • Round-the-clock, long-term video EEG monitoring in a unit specifically designed for children
  • Evoked potentials
  • Functional MRI and WADA studies for evaluating regions of eloquent cortex
  • MRI with spectroscopy and diffusion analysis
  • PET (positron emission tomography)
  • SPECT (single photon emission computerized tomography)

Our Team 

A major distinction of a level-four epilepsy center is the comprehensive nature of its services and professional team. We evaluate and care for children from the onset of seizures, through therapeutic interventions, and advanced epilepsy surgery when appropriate. Pediatric professionals include:

  • Pediatric Neurologists/Epileptologists
  • Pediatric Neuropsychologists/Psychologists
  • Pediatric Neurosurgeons
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Epilepsy Foundation Educators
  • Neurodiagnostic Technicians
  • Neuroradiologists
  • Nuclear Medicine Specialists
  • Pathologists
  • Social Workers

Meet Our Epilepsy Center Team

Advanced Epilepsy Treatments

  • Anticonvulsant drug evaluations and recommendations
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Participation in drug trials of new or difficult to obtain anticonvulsant medications
  • Surgical evaluations
  • Vagal nerve stimulation and programming

Meet Our Patients

Macy L

Read Macy's Story

Name: Macy L.
Condition(s): Epilepsy
Age Today: 8 Years

Macy was just one years old when she was transported to Nationwide Children’s Hospital because she suffered a seizure that lasted over 30 minutes. Later, she had febrile seizures that were outside of normal standards and has since developed epilepsy.

Epilepsy Patient Hailey

Read Hailey's Story

Name: Hailey
Condition(s): Epilepsy
Age Today: 9 Years

Hailey had her first seizure when she was just 18 months old. By the time she was a toddler, she was having 30 to 40 seizures a day.

Roger Michael A

Read Roger Michael's Story

Name: Roger Michael A.
Condition(s): Epilepsy, Developmental Delay
Age Today: 11 Years

When Mikey was 17-months-old, he was diagnosed with epilepsy. That day he began his journey of many therapies and treatments for his condition and developmental delays at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Brionna F

Read Brionna's Story

Name: Brionna F.
Condition(s): Epilepsy
Age Today: 12 Years

Brionna’s epilepsy symptoms started when she was only 6 months old. She has multiple seizure types. Brionna has been fighting a very tough battle not only because of the seizures but also because of the medications she has been on to try to control them.

Garrett

Read Garrett's Story

Name: Garrett
Condition(s): Epilepsy

Garrett is a 14-year-old boy who wants to live a normal life. When he was three years old, he received the diagnosis of drug resistant epilepsy. Despite medication, this condition caused Garrett to have seizures daily, mostly at night, which put him at a higher risk for sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Resources 

Epilepsy Toolkit 

Our free myChildren’s mobile application with the Epilepsy Toolkit allows you to add and track medications for each individual child, set reminders for each medication, log your child’s seizures, and more.

Download for iOS | Download for Android

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Inside the Epilepsy Center