13-year-old patient Justin Griffin (above) received a new laser ablation treatment for epilepsy. Read more about his story.
When you come to Boston Children’s Hospital you can expect individualized care from a dedicated team of epilepsy specialists built on the foundation of the nation’s most experienced neurology and neurosurgery programs.
We consider you and your child integral parts of the care team and not simply recipients of care. No one knows your child better than you: In particular, we will rely on your observations of your child’s seizure activity, and our medical team will work with you to find the right care plan for her.
During your first visit in the Epilepsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, you and your child will meet with a neurologist. He will review your child’s medical history and perform a specialized physical exam. He may refer your child for an EEG in our laboratories (see below) or for an imaging test (CT, MRI, or PET).
Diagnostic testing in our laboratories
Our neurophysiology laboratories perform about 5,000 diagnostic tests each year. Our technologists specialize in working with children: Your child will be tested by someone who is dedicated to providing excellent, compassionate care. You can stay with your child throughout testing.
You can also get test-specific information on these pages:
The interdisciplinary nature of our team means that we will consider every treatment possibility for your child, and we closely coordinate our treatment plans. See Meet our team to learn more about the different people who work together to care for our patients.
In some cases, a child’s epilepsy is caused by an underlying disease, injury or brain development disorder. If that is the case, we closely coordinate our care with other groups at Boston Children’s who specialize in treating that condition.
You are an essential part of the care team. Ultimately, all decisions about your child’s care are made by you, after you thoroughly discuss the options with our doctors.