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The goal of the Epilepsy Surgery Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is to give every child a chance at seizure freedom, so that they can develop to their fullest potential.
The Epilepsy Surgery Program offers complete assessments and care to children with medically refractory epilepsy — care that's on par with the best programs in the nation.
Your doctor might refer your child for Phase 1 if he or she has epilepsy and hasn't had success with other epilepsy treatments.
The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) team gives each child an individualized treatment plan that may include any or all of the following tests:
During your child’s stay in the EMU, we may:
After Phase I is complete, multiple doctors, residents, and fellows review the EEG, SPECT, and other test results. This team will provide their expertise in diagnosing and treating your child’s condition.
A child can have one of three outcomes after completing their Phase I evaluation in the EMU.
During Phase II, we will perform a craniotomy and place subdural grids — electrodes embedded in a strip of flexible material — directly on the surface of your child's brain.
Your child will spend the first night in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) until we make sure we've stabilized his or her condition.
In the PICU, we'll attach the cables from the grids to a portable EEG and track your child’s brain activity. The EEG tells the doctor where the seizure activity is coming from.
Once stable, your child will spend five to 14 days in the EMU. He or she will have continuous Video EEG (VEEG) monitoring during the length of the stay in the EMU.
Learn how subdural grids help surgeons pinpoint the area of the brain to resect.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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