Pediatric Epilepsy Care
A Leader in Pediatric Epilepsy Care
Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is a nationally recognized leader in caring for children and infants with epilepsy. The South Florida-based program offers the latest medical and surgical interventions to help children with epileptic seizures. For children whose seizures cannot be controlled medically, the program has among the largest experience in the nation in providing pediatric epilepsy surgery, including the latest minimally invasive surgical methods for children.
The program has received patients from nearly 30 countries and 25 U.S. states seeking the latest epilepsy care and treatments for children and infants.
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Nicklaus Children's Hospital is designated a National Association of Epilepsy Centers Level IV Center.
The Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. No other program in the Southeast ranks higher.
Reasons to Choose Nicklaus Children's Hospital for Pediatric Epilepsy Care
- Nicklaus Children's Hospital has offered new and investigational medicines to treat epilepsy for more than 30 years.
- Nicklaus Children's Hospital offers specialized centers for children receiving treatment for epilepsy associated with tuberous sclerosis and ion channel disorders.
- Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the first center in the world to directly map the brains of infants and children as a first step toward successful pediatric brain surgery.
- Nicklaus Children's Hospital is one of the few centers that conduct epilepsy surgery on children who have normal MRI scans. These present the greatest challenge for the surgical team.
- Nicklaus Children's Hospital has been a pioneer in offering minimally invasive techniques for pediatric epilepsy surgery, including Visualase, a laser technology to remove brain tissue that causes seizures.
State-of-the-Art Technology for Pediatric Epilepsy Care
Technology available for patient evaluation and treatment through the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center include:
- 3-D brain imaging
- Computer-modeled diagnosis of epilepsy source
- MRI guided laser ablation surgery (Visualase) - Minimally invasive epilepsy surgery with laser-guided probe
- Precision surgery made possible through intraoperative brain mapping
- Functional MRI to localize vital brain functions to be avoided at surgery
- Neuro-intensive monitoring of children with severe epilepsy
- Comprehensive genetic diagnosis of epileptic disorders
- Partners with Florida International University neuroengineering program
- Use of optical imaging to help define epileptic tissue