Sophisticated Imaging Technology
We use the most sophisticated imaging technology, including advanced MRI, PET, and SPECT& to look for physical causes of seizures. Video EEG monitors brain activity and attempts to locate the origin of the seizure. The Wada test evaluates how language and memory are controlled on each side of the brain.
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
If we need to monitor your child’s brain activity for 24 hours, your child can stay overnight in our eight-bed epilepsy monitoring unit. It is staffed by epilepsy experts who use technologically advanced equipment to identify the origin of your child’s seizure activity.
Pre-Surgical Brain-Mapping Technique
We are one of a handful of U.S. centers using a pre-surgical brain-mapping technique called SEEG. The robotic technology requires only a few small incisions and allows your child’s neurosurgeon to precisely place electrodes in the brain during a shortened procedure time. This results in your child feeling better faster.
If an underlying cause for your child’s epilepsy is not identified, he or she may participate in additional advanced testing through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undiagnosed Disease Program. Duke is one of only 12 clinical sites nationwide participating in this program.
Your child’s doctors -- including neurologists who specialize in pediatric epilepsy, neurosurgeons, and neuropsychologists -- have held leadership positions in leading epilepsy organizations, including the American Epilepsy Society, International Child Neurology Association, American Board of Pediatrics, and World Health Organization.
Our skilled pediatric epilepsy doctors work alongside other specialists, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and social workers. We work as a team to develop recommendations about your child’s care and treatment plan. Our nurse coordinator helps with scheduling appointments, making travel arrangements, and navigating hospital-related details.
Our friendly nursing and other staff work with child life specialists to make your child’s time with us as pleasant as possible by providing age-appropriate entertainment and activities.
Access to New Therapies and Trials
We use the latest advances to care for the most complex, drug-resistant, difficult-to-control seizures. This includes the availability of new therapies through clinical trials, as well as programs to improve the effectiveness of surgical procedures and implantable neurostimulators that control seizures.
Care Transition as Your Child Grows
We provide the full range of care as your child develops from infant to adolescent and transitions to adulthood.
We reduce and/or eliminate seizures in children who are unable to find successful treatment elsewhere.