Cook Children’s epileptologist, Scott Perry, M.D. addresses the most common question about childhood epilepsy – will my child outgrow it? While certain types of epilepsies that occur in children can go away with age, others are managed through medication and consistent care. To learn more about this, we invite you to watch this video. We’re … Continue reading Will My Child Outgrow Epilepsy?
Because every child is different, an epilepsy surgical evaluation is crafted to meet his or her specific needs. Cook Children’s epileptologist, Scott Perry, M.D., explains what patients and their families can expect during their surgery evaluation. Watch this video to learn more about evaluation methods. We’re here to help. If your child has been diagnosed, … Continue reading What an Epilepsy Surgical Evaluation Entails
Research. On the surface a conceptually simple task: you ask a question, design a study to test your hypothesis and arrive at a conclusion. All great medical programs focus on research as one of the three pillars of program excellence, along with superior clinical care and education of the next generation of providers. Without research, … Continue reading Setting the Foundation for Neurosciences Research
The insula is a region of the brain nestled beneath and between the temporal and frontal lobes. Increasingly, the insula has been implicated as a source of intractable seizures with seizure semiology including laryngeal constriction, paresthesias over large sensory territories, dysarthria and focal motor findings, amongst others. Because of its deep location, seizures originating in … Continue reading Getting to Those Hard to Reach Places: Laser Ablation for Intractable Insular Epilepsy
Intractable epilepsy (failure to achieve seizure freedom after trials of two appropriate chosen and dosed antiepileptic drugs) has profound impact on quality of life, psychosocial function, cognitive function, and mortality risk1. For these patients, surgical therapy, consisting of localization and subsequent resection/ablation of the epileptogenic zone can result in favorable seizure reduction and for many, … Continue reading Collaborating to Improve Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery
Recently, Netflix released their newest movie “The After Party,” a film that chronicles the story of an aspiring young rapper suffering with epilepsy. Struggling to make it in the music industry, he gains notoriety when he has a seizure on stage and the video of the event goes viral. The portrayal of the seizure itself … Continue reading Epilepsy and Media
Lennox Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a devastating epileptic encephalopathy of childhood. It presents with frequent seizures of multiple types (tonic, atonic, tonic-clonic, absence, myoclonic), cognitive delays and generalized slow spike wave on EEG studies. The seizures are notoriously difficult to control and patients often fail multiple medications, dietary therapy and palliative surgeries. Recognizing the need … Continue reading Research: Lennox Gastaut Syndrome