Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is an internationally recognized leader in caring for children and infants with epilepsy, welcoming patients from all over the world to visit our Epilepsy Center. 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 conducting pediatric epilepsy surgery, using the latest minimally invasive surgical methods for children including MRI-guided laser ablation surgery.

Choose a Global Leader for Treating Epilepsy in Children 

  • The Brain Institute has offered new and investigational medicines to treat epilepsy for more than 30 years.
  • The first center in the world to directly map the brains of infants and children as a first step toward successful pediatric brain surgery.
  • We offer specialized pediatric treatment for epilepsy associated with tuberous sclerosis and ion channel disorders.
  • We are 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.
  • Our team has pioneered 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 & Treatment

  • Computer-modeled diagnosis of epilepsy source
  • Minimally invasive epilepsy surgery with laser-guided probe (Visualase)
  • Precision surgery made possible through intraoperative brain mapping
  • Neuro-intensive monitoring of children with severe epilepsy
  • Comprehensive genetic diagnosis of epileptic disorders
  • Use of optical imaging to help define epileptic tissue

State-of-the-Art Technology for Pediatric Epilepsy Care & Treatment

Treating epilepsy can be challenging since each child responds differently to various kinds of treatment. Our experienced team will help your family understand the best treatment options available and what might work best for your managing epileptic seizures in your child.

We also partner with Florida International University's neuro-engineering program.

Conditions We Treat

Excellent Surgical Outcomes

When surgical treatment is indicated for children and infants with medically resistant epilepsy (seizures that cannot be curbed by prescription medications), the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program stands out as one of the centers with over 1,300 surgeries performed since 1985 for epilepsy in children. Even ten years after surgery, 67 percent of patients were almost entirely seizure-free.

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