The Future of Pediatric Epilepsy Care is Happening Now
Comprehensive pediatric epilepsy care requires unique specialists, leading technology and a multidisciplinary team. At the Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we take it to the highest level. That’s why the National Association of Epilepsy Centers has accredited us as a level-four epilepsy program—the highest level of epilepsy care.
In addition to standard services, we provide complex neurodiagnostic monitoring as well as neuropsychological and psychosocial evaluation and treatment. Our level-four designation also means offering advanced epilepsy surgery services, including evaluation with intracranial electrodes.
Level 4 Epilepsy Program
Nationwide Children's has been designated by NAEC as a Level 4 Epilepsy Program. Find out why that's important to your child's care.
Services We Offer
- New Onset Seizure Clinic
- Complex Epilepsy Clinic
- Epilepsy Surgery
- Infantile Spasms Clinic
- PNES Clinic
- Ketogenic Diet
Advanced Epilepsy Technology
We use the latest technological advancements to diagnose epilepsy. Our video telemetry unit incorporates continuous EEG monitoring with simultaneous digital video recordings to timelock clinical events to the EEG. For children with intractable seizures, EEG recordings directly from the surface of the brain are available to map discrete lesions for possible surgical resection.
- Routine digital video EEG
- Round-the-clock, long-term video EEG monitoring in a unit specifically designed for children
- Evoked potentials
- Functional MRI and WADA studies for evaluating regions of eloquent cortex
- MRI with spectroscopy and diffusion analysis
- PET (positron emission tomography)
- SPECT (single photon emission computerized tomography)
A major distinction of a level-four epilepsy center is the comprehensive nature of its services and professional team. We evaluate and care for children from the onset of seizures, through therapeutic interventions, and advanced epilepsy surgery when appropriate. Pediatric professionals include:
- Pediatric Neurologists/Epileptologists
- Pediatric Neuropsychologists/Psychologists
- Pediatric Neurosurgeons
- Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
- Child Life Specialists
- Clinical Pharmacists
- Epilepsy Foundation Educators
- Neurodiagnostic Technicians
- Nuclear Medicine Specialists
- Social Workers
Advanced Epilepsy Treatments
- Anticonvulsant drug evaluations and recommendations
- Epilepsy surgery
- Ketogenic diet
- Participation in drug trials of new or difficult to obtain anticonvulsant medications
- Surgical evaluations
- Vagal nerve stimulation and programming
Our free myChildren’s mobile application with the Epilepsy Toolkit allows you to add and track medications for each individual child, set reminders for each medication, log your child’s seizures, and more.
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Inside the Epilepsy Center
Level 4 Epilepsy Program
The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has accredited the Epilepsy Center at Nationwide Children’s as a Level 4 epilepsy program, a designation reserved for programs offering the highest level of comprehensive and specialized care.
New Onset Seizure Clinic
The New Onset Seizure Clinic focuses on the educational and psychosocial needs of the child and the family when they have encountered a first seizure or a new diagnosis of epilepsy.
Complex Epilepsy Clinic
The Complex Epilepsy Clinic works with patients and their families to identify treatment options when they are not eligible for surgery and have not become seizure-free after being on at least two different medications.
Surgical Epilepsy services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital involves an array of multidisciplinary specialists to care for the clinical, surgical and psychosocial needs of children with difficult to control epilepsy.
Infantile Spasms Clinic
The Infantile Spasms Clinic works to treat spasms are seizures commonly associated with West syndrome, a severe infantile epileptic encephalopathy often accompanied by poor developmental outcomes.
Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures are episodes of change in behavior that resemble epileptic seizures but are not caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
Seizure Information for Parents
Your child had a seizure. What do you do now? Learn more about safety, treatment and tips on living with seizures and epilepsy.
Patients who have seizures that are difficult to treat may benefit from a ketogenic diet, which is a high-fat, adequate-protein and low-carbohydrate dietary program.
Investigators at Nationwide Children’s Hospital are studying how epilepsy impacts children’s psychosocial skills and long-term outcomes of children following epilepsy surgery.
The Welcome Center supports the needs of patients and families arriving from out of town or out of the country, including help with housing, travel arrangements and other support services.