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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric Epilepsy

Experts in our Pediatric Epilepsy Center set the same goal for every child we treat: no seizures, no side effects. We understand how important it is to tailor epilepsy care to children and their specific needs. Because their brains are still growing, children are more vulnerable than adults to the harm that uncontrolled seizures can cause.

Our dedicated pediatric epilepsy specialists work together to develop individualized treatment plans based on the type of seizure your child is experiencing, the underlying cause of the seizure disorder, your child's medical history and other relevant criteria. We work to balance seizure control, improved learning and quality of life for every patient.

We are one of the most experienced pediatric epilepsy centers in the nation.

When visiting the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, you can expect a unique and positive patient experience. Our doctors will listen to you and your child, making sure you understand and are involved in decisions about your child's care. We offer effective treatments not available from community neurologists, including some therapies not available at other epilepsy centers. These new treatments are backed by our extensive research and clinical trials. Our carefully individualized drug regimens, sophisticated seizure monitoring, and comprehensive surgery plans set us apart from other centers. We are one of the most experienced pediatric epilepsy centers in the nation.

Nationally Recognized for Complex Epilepsy Care

We are a Level 4 epilepsy center, which is the highest classification granted by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). It means we provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for children with complex epilepsy.

We have great success reducing and eliminating seizures in children, often helping children who other physicians have deemed “untreatable.” Even if you've been told that your child has drug-resistant, intractable or refractory epilepsy, we encourage you to bring your child to our experts at Comer Children's.

Our Pediatric Epilepsy Center offers:

  • Expert care from infancy through adulthood: The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the University of Chicago Medicine is comprised of a Level 4 adult epilepsy center and a level 4 pediatric epilepsy center. So with us, your child can transition to the highest level of epilepsy care through adulthood.
  • A history of excellence: Our epilepsy team has made important breakthroughs. For example, we are the first in Illinois to offer MRI-guided stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) and laser ablation surgery.
  • Expertise in gelastic epilepsy and hypothalamic hamartomas: Our team has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of gelastic epilepsy, including stereotactic radiosurgery and laser ablation.
  • Advanced and unique diagnostic tools: We are one of a handful of centers offering non-invasive monitoring techniques that combine complex mathematical equations with MRI images and EEG data to create 3-D images of electrical activity in the brain.
  • Leading-edge treatments and techniques: Our multidisciplinary team specializes in the use of medication, ketogenic diets, and surgery to control epileptic seizures in children.
    • We offer therapies and clinical trials that are not available at many other centers.
    • We are the most active clinical site for vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in Chicago, implanting stimulator devices in several patients each month.
    • Our surgeons have the experience and expertise to perform pediatric epilepsy surgery on children at a younger age than at many institutions in Chicago.
  • Convenient clinic locations: We offer a number of off-site locations in the suburbs and Northwest Indiana.