New Onset Seizure Clinic
Norton Children’s New Onset Seizure Clinic is the leading provider of seizure evaluation in Louisville, Kentucky, and Southern Indiana. Our team can determine the cause of your child’s seizure and whether more seizures may occur.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained team of neurologists and neurosurgeons use state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to pinpoint your child’s diagnosis.
It’s one reason the Norton Children’s Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has held the highest rating available from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers since 2013.
Our specialists use their skill and experience to create a customized treatment plan that minimizes side effects, so your child can get back to being a kid.
At our New Onset Seizure Clinic, we discuss what type of seizure may have occurred, what may have caused the seizure, and risk factors for additional seizures in the future.
Imaging to evaluate the brain
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI is performed on a 3T (magnet) scanner to look for subtle abnormalities in the brain structure.
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). An fMRI looks at real-time changes in the brain as your child performs tasks such as reading, listening to words, or moving the arms and legs. This helps to locate these functions within the brain.
- Positron emission tomography (PET). PET scans evaluate areas of the brain that are metabolizing sugar faster or slower than other areas. This helps identify the area of the brain where partial seizures start.
Our team performs outpatient, routine electroencephalograms (EEGs) in our pediatric neurology office and the Norton Children’s Diagnostic Services at the Wendy Novak Center for Children’s Health. During this painless 20- to 40-minute test, we place 20 electrodes on the scalp to monitor brainwaves.
The team may obtain long-term EEG monitoring by video, which typically captures seizures. The information enables team members to better define the seizures.
Our team also may perform intracranial EEG monitoring by placing electrodes on the surface of the brain and inside the brain tissue. This procedure pinpoints where seizures begin in the brain. Norton Children’s Hospital offers state-of-the-art stereo EEG for this kind of monitoring.
This specialized testing helps locate certain functions of the brain, such as language and memory. A psychologist trained in neuropsychology performs this test.
A Wada test may be performed to locate language or memory in the brain. This involves putting one area of the brain to sleep to test another area independently.
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