Pediatric Epilepsy Program
A seizure during childhood is not uncommon. Reasons for a seizure include lack of oxygen, head trauma, or illness. Seizures that happen more than once or over and over might indicate epilepsy. Our team of nationally recognized pediatric epilepsy specialists who provide consultations, ongoing care and diagnostic services for children and teens.
The National Association of Epilepsy Centers identifies us as the only Level 4 center in Middle Tennessee. Level 4 centers have the highest level of care for epilepsy.
Contact your child's doctor for a referral. Call (615) 936-5536 to schedule an appointment.
Diagnosis and treatment
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Children's Hospital is the only facility in Middle Tennessee with video-EEG monitoring for the evaluation of children for epilepsy surgery. Our four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is ideal for diagnosing seizure disorders and providing precise treatment plans.
Our goal for treatment with medicine is controlling seizures while avoiding or minimizing side effects. Medication can also help children with other symptoms such as depression, hyperactivity, and obsessive-compulsiveness.
The ketogenic diet or low glycemic diets may help control seizures.
Surgery may be considered when medicines are not working and evaluations clearly show a benefit for your child. Visit our Neurosurgery website.
Vagal nerve stimulation
A device is implanted in the chest to deliver electrical stimulation to a nerve that carries this impulse into the brain. This treatment may help decrease the number or severity of seizures.
Under the supervision of the Food and Drug Administration, we can prescribe new medicines that may help children who are resistant to commercially available epilepsy medications.
Transition to adult care
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