Cook Children’s epileptologist, Cynthia Keator, M.D. discusses epilepsy surgery which is considered at any age when patients do not respond after trying multiple seizure medications. The best candidates have seizures that occur in a single region of the brain, where there is minimal risk for surgery impacting vision, speech or memory. We invite you to … Continue reading Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation
What is a Video EEG? Dr. Cynthia G. Keator, M.D., discusses what Video EEG does and how it’s changing the landscape for what we know and don’t know about epilepsy. Video EEGs help doctors see the physical characteristics of a seizure while reading the brain activity on EEG. This helps to diagnose the specific type … Continue reading What is Video EEG?
Staring spells is a common chief complaint in pediatrics often noted by parents or teachers prompting evaluation. While absence seizures are certainly on the differential, staring can be many other things and careful history and evaluation is needed to guide evaluation and management. What is the differential of staring spells? Often times staring events in … Continue reading Staring Spells – Primary Steps for Primary Care
Giving kids strength through precision medicine – new gene therapies for neuromuscular disease. Cook Children’s Clinical Care Center designation from the Muscular Dystrophy Association reaffirms our commitment to excellence in clinical care for our patients with neuromuscular disorders, and represents the continuum of a more than 30-year relationship. This designation by MDA comes at a … Continue reading New Gene Therapies for Neuromuscular Disease
Over the last decade, genetic testing has become more common as part of the evaluation for pediatric epilepsy. Often, we turn to genetic testing in hopes of better understanding the cause of epilepsies, which have defied diagnosis after a thorough exam, EEG, imaging and laboratory tests. Understanding the genetic basis can impact treatment. As increasing … Continue reading Improving Diagnosis of Early-life Epilepsy