New-Onset Seizure Clinic Seeks to Decrease Wait Time for Initial Evaluation

A child’s first unprovoked seizure is one of the most common problems referred to pediatric neurologists. This affects up to 40,000 children each year. While most of these patients will never have a second seizure, it is a frightening time for the family as they await diagnostic workup and neurology consultation. To help expedite care, … Continue reading New-Onset Seizure Clinic Seeks to Decrease Wait Time for Initial Evaluation

Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes

 It is well known that early-life epilepsies (ELEs) are associated with poor outcomes including intractable or drug-resistant seizures, developmental and cognitive disabilities, poor regulation of other functions controlled by the nervous system, as well as increased risk for mortality. Early-life epilepsies are defined by a diagnosis of epilepsy greater than 28 days of life and … Continue reading Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes

Inaugural Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Conference a Success

Texas is fortunate to have multiple nationally-recognized Pediatric Neuroscience programs providing care for children. An essential component to the success of these programs has been a willingness to share expertise, collaborate on new research, and work together to improve the care of children in our state. With these goals in mind, Medical Director of Neurology … Continue reading Inaugural Texas Pediatric Neuroscience Conference a Success

Testing for Success – Primary Steps for Primary Care

Hearing the word “neuropsychological” can make any child feel confused and scared. The idea of testing may also bring up unpleasant associations with school tests or painful shots. At Cook Children’s, our program is developed with kids in mind. Tests are introduced as “games,” and most children find them fun and entertaining. Pediatric neuropsychologists are … Continue reading Testing for Success – Primary Steps for Primary Care

Epilepsy Treatment Options

Neurologists have access to many anti-seizure medications to help epilepsy patients, however when those medications do not work, there are other epilepsy treatment options. Dr. Saleem Malik, M.D., explains additional options to treat epilepsy, including surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, responsive neurostimulation and ketogenic diet. To learn more about these options, please watch this video. We’re … Continue reading Epilepsy Treatment Options

Epilepsy Surgery Evaluation

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 SUDEP?

Although this subject can be a difficult one, Dr. Saleem Malik discusses SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy), which occurs when patients with seizures pass away suddenly and no other cause of death can be found. We recommend watching this video to learn about the risk factors for epilepsy patients and the precautions that may … Continue reading What is SUDEP?

What is Video EEG?

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?

Improving Seizure-Free Outcomes

Improving seizure-free outcomes … without spending a dime. What would you say if someone told you seizure-free outcomes following epilepsy surgery could be improved by almost 100 percent simply by downloading some free software? That is exactly what the Cook Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program team did when they instituted the use of multimodal coregistered imaging … Continue reading Improving Seizure-Free Outcomes