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The Epilepsy Program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children serves patients with seizures and related disorders. The service sees patients in all phases of their illness, from assessment after an initial event in our First Seizure Unit through evaluation of refractory seizure disorders in patients who have not been easily controlled.
A comprehensive epilepsy surgery program complements the latest medical therapy, including investigational new drugs, as required. Additional services include second opinions, review of neuropathological and radiographic materials, neurogenetic assessment, ketogenic diet program and psychiatric evaluation.
State-of-the-art neurophysiology and neuroradiological diagnostic facilities supplement expert consultation. To assist in accurate diagnosis and treatment, inpatient and ambulatory long-term video-EEG monitoring using digital technology with computer assisted event detection, sophisticated MRI imaging and spectroscopy, functional imaging using MRI and PET scanning, and detailed neuropsychological testing are available.
At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.
Meet the Team
The Thrive component of the MGH Pediatric Epilepsy Program has been developed to provide opportunities for children with epilepsy to have programs designed to:
Patient and Sibling Groups
Thrive will be running summer and after school groups for children who have epilepsy and for siblings of children with the disorder. Leigh Horne Mebel, MSW, LICSW will be in charge of running the groups. Ms. Mebel is one of the Thrive program founders and has extensive experience with pediatric epilepsy and with individual and group therapies.
Thrive will be creating webinars to provide in-depth information about epilepsy, the cognitive, learning and psychosocial issues often associated with the disorder, educational challenges and solutions. The first Webinar will be on August 10th at 7pm and will provide an overview of epilepsy-related issues. The Webinar can be viewed live or at a later time by checking the Thrive webpage.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition involving the brain that makes people more susceptible to having seizures.
Dietary therapy is prescribed most often for patients with refractory epilepsy, whose seizures have not been controlled despite trying multiple antiepileptic drugs.
MGHfC Pediatric Epilepsy Program
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.
Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.
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