When your child has epilepsy, you want care that will help them lead a full, healthy life without seizures. At WVU Medicine Children’s, we focus on delivering just that. Our state-of-the-art Epilepsy Center is designed specifically for children. We provide surgical and nonsurgical treatments for seizure disorders while providing support and guidance for families.
Our team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, and seizure specialists (epileptologists) work together to provide the very best care. We offer procedures to diagnose conditions, treatments, and technology to monitor seizures that aren’t found at any other hospital in West Virginia.
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is the only one like it in the state, with rooms equipped for continuous monitoring of your child’s brain activity. A diagnostic test called an electroencephalogram (EEG) helps us watch brain activity and detect body movements that could be seizures. We are recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a Level 4 facility. This is the highest level awarded, which means we provide the most innovative treatments for epilepsy in children.
Neuroimaging for Children with Epilepsy
Determining the cause of your child’s seizures is essential. We use imaging technology to get accurate images of your child’s brain. Our imaging services include:
- High-resolution 3T MRI
- Single-photon emission CT (SPECT)
- Fluorodeoxyglucose PET
Many children with epilepsy respond well to medication. They may be able to manage their condition through childhood and adolescence and might even grow out of it. Children whose bodies don’t respond to epilepsy medication may be candidates for surgery.
WVU Medicine Children’s offers innovative pediatric epilepsy surgeries. These include:
- Vagus nerve stimulation with an implantable device
- Resective surgery, which removes the specific parts of the brain causing seizures
Learn more about the WVU Medicine Children’s Neurosurgery Program.
Neuropsychology for Children With Epilepsy
By doing a neuropsychological evaluation, we can pinpoint learning, behavioral, or memory issues that your child is experiencing as a result of their epilepsy. Epilepsy can also have a huge impact on your child’s emotions and how your child interacts with others at school and at home. Successfully treating epilepsy is more than simply treating the disease – it requires a whole-person approach to care. Learn more about therapy services offered at our Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center.