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Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treating epilepsy and seizures in infants, children and teens.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained team of neurologists and neurosurgeons uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to understand your child’s seizures and epilepsy type. Our epilepsy specialists use their skills and experience to create customized treatment plans that minimize side effects, so your child can get back to being a kid again.
The Norton Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is a Level 4 epilepsy center, the highest rating available from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Norton Children’s Hospital has held this designation since 2013.
Children can experience many different types of seizures and epilepsy conditions/syndromes. Epilepsy can begin at any age, even in infancy.
When your child experiences a seizure for the first time, it can be frightening. Specialists can help discover what may have caused the seizure and begin treatment that’s tailored to your child. Information will be collected, including when the seizure started, what happens during a seizure, medicines being used and other medical conditions.
A complete evaluation will be ordered to locate the exact spot in the brain causing the seizure activity. Some epilepsy conditions are easily treated and managed by medicines, and others may be severe and require surgery. Our physicians will work with you and your child to develop a treatment plan that may lead to your child becoming seizure-free.
Electroencephalography (EEG): This recording of brain waves with electrical receivers on the surface of the skin helps determine the type of seizure.
Magnetoencephalography (MEG): Similar to an EEG, this test measures brain waves using magnets.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): This technology uses powerful magnets to scan and take a picture of the brain to identify brain structure abnormalities.
Functional MRI: The patient listens, thinks and moves as directed during an MRI to show which part of the brain is using more oxygen-rich blood.
Positron emission tomography (PET): This type of scan uses computed tomography (CT) to measure how much sugar a patient’s brain is using.
Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT): This scan uses a CT machine to measure blood flow to the brain.
Neuropsychological evaluation: A neuropsychologist assesses the patient to help understand the link between the brain and behaviors.
Wada test: This minimally invasive test is used to determine which side of the brain controls language and memory functions.
The child’s test results are reviewed during a weekly epilepsy surgery team conference. Based on the results, recommendations for further testing or surgical treatment are made.
Stereo EEG and electrocorticography (ECoG): These very detailed tests use electrodes in the brain to get information about deep seizures.
The child’s provider will discuss the surgery type, if needed, and corresponding recovery therapy. The Norton Children’s Ketogenic Diet Clinic may also be recommended after treatment.
Our providers offer highly skilled care for your child. Norton Children’s Hospital serves as the primary pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. These doctors are professors and active researchers helping to advance medical care through clinical research and education.