URMC’s pediatric epilepsy specialists offer a comprehensive epilepsy evaluation and a wide range of treatment options including medications, dietary therapies, implantable neurostimulators, and surgeries. Our goal is to maximize your child’s quality of life and minimize the impact of seizures on your child’s and family’s lives. Having a wide range of treatment options for epilepsy is important, because 30 to 40 percent of children with epilepsy do not respond well to medications and other therapies.
Reputation for Excellence
We are a Level 4 Center of Excellence - the highest level of accreditation by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Our pediatric neurologic disorders program and neurosurgical teams are also consistently ranked among the top programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
Our experienced epilepsy specialists include pediatric epileptologists (pediatric and adult neurologists with specialized training in epilepsy), researchers, general neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, and specially trained nurse practitioners, nurses and technologists. Our specialists meet weekly to discuss our complex patients to maintain a team approach to improving our patient’s epilepsy and reaching their goals.
Our epilepsy program offers unique, cutting-edge technologies, including:
- Intraoperative MRI (iMRI), which provides real-time views of the brain during surgery and allows for the safest and most precise methods of resecting areas of the brain where seizures may occur.
- Multimodality 3D computerized reconstruction and coregistration to superimpose single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), intracranial electroencephalogram (iEEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), subdural, neuropsychological, magnetoencephalography (MEG), and other findings. This allows for enhanced localization of epileptic foci and facilitates more effective and accurate surgery.
Technology Designed for Safety
Our epilepsy and neuro-intensive care units have an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine and video recording capabilities in every room. This allows for monitoring of the electrical activity in the brain. In addition, there is an MRI scanner in the operating room to assist with the most challenging surgeries. Having this equipment accessible ensures your child receives the safest care possible.
Groundbreaking Research & Clinical Trials
Your child may be eligible to participate in ongoing clinical trials for anti-epileptic drugs and medical devices, and dietary therapy. By participating in clinical trials, your child may have access to experimental therapies before they are available elsewhere.