New Onset Seizure Clinic
Norton Children’s New Onset Seizure Clinic is the leading provider of seizure evaluation in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. We’ll determine the cause of your child’s seizure and the possibility of more seizures.
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 Norton Children’s 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 is performed on a 3T (magnet) scanner to look for subtle abnormalities in the brain structure.
- Functional magnetic resonance imaging. The fMRI looks at real-time changes in the brain as your child performs tasks such as reading, listening to words or moving arms and legs. This helps to locate these functions within the brain.
- PET scans. These 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 EEGs in the pediatric neurology office and in the Norton Neurodiagnostic Center. During this painless 20- to 40-minute procedure, 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. The 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.
Additional tests for locating language or memory in the brain include a Wada test (named for Juan Wada, M.D., who first performed it). This involves putting one area of the brain to sleep to test another area independently.
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