Before the first visit, one of our nurses will gather information about your child’s medical history and request any past test results.
During your child’s first visit, the epileptologist (neurologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy) will provide a thorough physical exam and ask a lot of questions about the symptoms your child is experiencing. You and your child will meet other providers during this visit as well. The clinical psychologist will perform a screening that covers a wide variety of behavioral and emotional issues.
At the end of the appointment, the team will talk with your family about its findings, make treatment recommendations and answer your questions. Unless additional testing is needed, the treatment plan can begin as soon as your family is ready. The initial treatment plan typically involves medication management.
Depending on your child’s condition and recent medical history, he or she may undergo testing during or after this first visit to the clinic. This testing may include:
- Electroencephalogram (EEG) to evaluate electrical activity in the brain for a short period of time
- Ambulatory EEG to evaluate electrical activity in the brain for hours or days at a time during your child’s everyday activities.
- Video/EEG monitoring to evaluate EEG while simultaneously videotaping the child during sleep. This allows the doctor to see how the child’s behavior during seizures is related to the brain’s electrical activity.
- Magnetic Resonance imaging (MRI), an imaging test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the brain and the brain stem
- Electrocardiogram (EKG), which checks for problems with the electrical activity of the heart.