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Pediatric Epilepsy

Overview

  • Since 1986, the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program has been one of the few programs offering the possibility of surgery to children with seizure disorders. The underlying theme revolves around two critical questions:
    • Can the part of the brain that causes the epilepsy be identified and safely removed?
    • Does control of the epilepsy restore a more normal life experience?
  • Epilepsy in children can be severely debilitating, but early diagnosis and treatment can be instrumental in helping a child reach full cognitive potential.
  • The majority of children who are able to have surgery become seizure free. Some require anticonvulsants but others remain seizure free even after the medications have been stopped.

Features

  • Comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment programs.
  • Years of experience in pediatric epilepsy surgery, with more than 200 surgeries since the program's inception. Currently 20 to 30 children undergo surgical procedures each year.
  • Sensitivity to the emotional, developmental, psychological, educational, social, economic and familial challenges facing children undergoing surgical intervention for their epilepsy and their families.
  • Treatment options, when appropriate, include trials with investigational drugs, the ketogenic diet and vagal nerve stimulators.
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to the management of patients and established clinical and basic science programs from many departments: Pediatric Neurology, Child Psychiatry, Pediatric Neuroradiology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neuropsychology, Developmental Linguistics, the Mental Retardation Research Center and Neuropathology.
  • A dedicated support team, including electroencephalograph technologists, clinical nurse specialist, social workers, and administrative assistants.

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