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...
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.
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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