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At UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of these tests and invite you to participate. Please read the following information to learn about these tests and how you can help.
To make a referral, schedule an appointment, or request an evaluation for a child or teen, contact us at 412-692-6928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
An electroencephalogram (ee-leck-tro-en-SEFF-a-lo-gram) or EEG uses small button-shaped electrodes on the outside of the scalp to record the brain’s electrical activity or brain waves. These brain waves are the way brain cells talk to one another and get information from the brain to the rest of the body. An EEG gives doctors a record of that activity by recording it onto a computer or printing it out on a piece of paper.
An EEG helps doctors understand what is happening inside the brain. It can help doctors:
Sometimes a child who has been having seizures may have a normal EEG. That is because the problem causing the seizures may come and go. When that is the case, the doctor may want to do another EEG, a longer EEG or a video EEG.
A video EEG videotapes your child while the regular EEG is being done. The video recording is done over a longer period of time than a regular EEG.
Before your child’s EEG or video EEG:
An EEG is simple and painless. Here is what to expect:
A video EEG is done much the same way, but it takes longer and your child is videotaped for a long period of time.
We welcome your help and support during this test. One parent or guardian is invited to stay with your child in the room during the EEG. Other adults and children must stay in the waiting area.
Once the test is over:
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor or technician performing the test needs to know about, please call the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh before the test and ask to speak with a nurse. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs.
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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