Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Akron Children’s Epilepsy Program, which is part of the NeuroDevelopmental Science Center, provides evaluation and treatment for children and teens suffering from seizures. Read More...

Brown C. Patrick
C. Patrick Brown, MD
Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

Chen Tsulee
Tsulee Chen, MD
Pediatric neurosurgeon

Cohen Bruce H.
Bruce H. Cohen, MD, FAAN
Director, Pediatric Neurology

Enlow Thomas
Thomas Enlow, MD
Pediatric Neurologist

Hudgins Roger
Roger Hudgins, MD
Director, Division of Neurosurgery Director, NeuroDevelopmental Science Center

McBride Margaret
Margaret McBride, MD
Pediatric Neurologist/Epileptologist

Pulsipher Dalin
Dalin Pulsipher, PhD
Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Stanford Lisa
Lisa Stanford, PhD, ABPP/CN
Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health Clinical Training Director, Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship Program

Jucikas Mozhdeh
Mozhdeh Jucikas, MSN, CNP
Family Nurse Practitioner; Epilepsy Surgery Program Coordinator



Conditions We Treat

Conditions we treat
Here are some of the conditions treated in this department. Select a condition to get more information and resources: Anomalies of Cortical Development, Epilepsy, and Seizures.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?
  • Akron Children's Pediatric Epilepsy Program is recognized by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
     
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks Akron Children's NeuroDevelopmental Science Center one of the best among children's hospitals nationwide.

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Overview

Epilepsy Program - Overview

The goal of Akron Children's Epilepsy Program is to reduce or eliminate a child’s seizures and educate the family to improve the child's quality of life.

Epilepsy treatment options may include FDA-approved anti-seizure medications, investigational medications, or an implantable medical device called a vagus nerve stimulator.

Vagus nerve stimulators can be implanted on an outpatient basis for children with intractable seizures, or seizures that are difficult to control. Stimulation of the vagus nerve can stop seizures or reduce the intensity and frequency of seizures in some patients.

For some patients, surgery may be an option. One form of epilepsy surgery, called lesionectomy, is used on select patients to remove structural lesions of the brain, such as certain tumors or congenital malformations, which cause chronic seizures.

Our pediatric neurologists and neurosurgeons work together when epilepsy surgery may be an option to control seizures.

Akron Children's Pediatric Epilepsy Program is recognized by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

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What To Expect

During your visit to Akron Children's epilepsy program, your child will meet with a pediatric neurologist, nurse and social worker.

Your child will undergo a complete work-up, including a physical exam, patient history and EEG (electroencephalography). An EEG is a brain wave test that helps diagnose seizure disorders.

If we suspect that your child has seizures during sleep, he will be admitted to the hospital as an inpatient for a videotaped EEG.

You will also meet with a social worker who will educate you about seizures and address some of the non-medical issues, such as helping your child’s school develop a supportive response.

Our team also may evaluate your child for school problems to determine whether seizures may be the cause.

After the initial evaluation, a pediatric neurologist will meet with you and your child to discuss treatment.

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Patient Family Resources

 

We know you must have questions about your child's seizure disorder. We hope you find these articles helpful.

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Akron Children's Hospital
NeuroDevelopmental Science Center
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St., Suite 4400
Akron , OH 44308
Phone: 330-543-8050
Fax: 330-543-8054
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