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Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery

Testing for Epilepsy in Children

When it comes to testing children for epilepsy and other seizure disorders, we offer premier diagnostic services. Our epilepsy center is acknowledged by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a level 4 epilepsy center - the highest designation possible.

We specialize in neurodiagnostic monitoring, neuropsychological and psychosocial evaluations for a wide array of epilepsy conditions [link to conditions page] and syndromes. Our pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit uses the most advanced, seizure detecting, equipment in South Texas.

Early Diagnosis May Prevent Developmental Delays

Children who have seizures should undergo testing as soon as possible. A delay in diagnosis and treatment can be harmful to your child’s safety, cognitive abilities and quality of life. If seizures are not reduced or controlled, further evaluation should be explored. Memory loss, brain damage or other developmental problems may result if seizures go untreated.

Our medical team at the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (STCEC) is made up of epileptologists, neurosurgeons, stereotactic neurosurgeons, EEG technicians, neuropsychologists, skilled nurses and many other clinicians certified in the assessment and care of epileptic children. Early diagnosis and treatment [link to treatment page] of epilepsy preserves and protects your child’s neurological health.

In our pediatric unit, we work with day-old infants, teenagers and all ages in between. Some of our patients undergo EEG video monitoring in our high-tech epilepsy monitory unit. Our state-of-the-art, pediatric monitoring unit allows us to gather detailed and accurate information enabling our neurologists to make the best treatment decisions possible.

Our testing and diagnostic monitoring is tailored to meet the needs of children with uncontrollable seizures. Activity within the brain is complicated and many factors must be taken into account. Detailed and valuable information that EEG video monitoring provides can result in correcting a wrong diagnosis, direct a parent to a more effective medication or determine the need for surgery.

Testing for Pediatric Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders

Advanced technology is used to observe and record data during and in between seizures. It reveals what area of the brain is being affected and the intensity or degree of the unusual electrical activity within the brain. We use sophisticated imaging studies to help determine where the overactive electrical surges originate, in some cases caused by a lesion on the brain.

Testing is done to see if surgery will benefit the patient. Tests are conducted to figure out the type of seizure a child is experiencing. After pediatric neurologists and EEG technicians observe a controlled seizure within the epilepsy monitoring unit, test results are recorded and analyzed. This crucial information plays an important role in helping our physicians decide which type of surgery will help your child most.

Some pre-surgical evaluation tests can be completed in an outpatient clinic. When appropriate, a blood test may be done to check for infection, genetic or other factors or conditions that may be a contributing cause of the unexplained seizures. Additional tests are done in our epilepsy monitoring unit or EEG lab.

Our epilepsy center provides numerous diagnostic imaging scans to help neurosurgeons pinpoint the location of seizures within the brain. Some of the tests we provide, include:

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