Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program
The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Epilepsy Surgery Program provides surgical evaluation and treatment for pediatric patients whose epilepsy cannot be managed with medical therapy or those for whom surgery is the best option overall.
After headache, epilepsy is the most common neurologic problem in children. MassGeneral Hospital for Children offers a full range of medical management and all of the established and new anti-epileptic drugs. Most pediatric seizure disorders are well managed with appropriate medical therapy. Where medical management fails, however, or when a condition is found for which surgery is the best option, a child should be evaluated carefully for surgical intervention.
We offer all forms of surgical epilepsy treatment including:
- Cortical resections
- Temporal lobectomies
- Hemispherectomies and hemispheric disconnection procedures
- Multiple subpial transections
- Vagus nerve stimulation
- Placement of subdural grids and depth electrodes
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, the recommendation to consider surgery is initially made by the epilepsy surgery team, a comprehensive multi-disciplinary group comprising:
- Pediatric epileptologists
- Neuro-clinical social workers
- EEG technologists
- Occupational therapists
The evaluation usually includes a hospital stay for EEG monitoring, with 24-hour continuous video monitoring. To aid in the surgical evaluation, some of the most advanced imaging capabilities in the world are being utilized. In addition to standard CT and MRI, offerings include PET (positron emission tomography) scanning for looking at the body’s biochemical functions, functional MRI for providing 3D structural and functional brain imaging, MR spectroscopy for viewing the neurochemistry of the brain and special, high-resolution MRI scanning provide detailed anatomical views, and magnetoencephalography.
The evaluation is conducted on the pediatric unit with special pediatric support systems in place, including dedicated epilepsy nurse specialists and pediatric neurosurgery nurse practitioners who provide ongoing support for the child and family throughout the child’s treatment plan.
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MGHfC Pediatric Epilepsy SurgeryWang Ambulatory Care Center
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes
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