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A Leader in Pediatric Epilepsy Care

U.S. News and World Reports Ranked in Neurology and NeurosurgeryPediatric Epilepsy Care Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is a nationally recognized leader in caring for children and infants with epilepsy. The South Florida-based program offers the latest medical and surgical interventions to help children with epileptic seizures. For children whose seizures cannot be controlled medically, the program has among the largest experience in the nation in providing pediatric epilepsy surgery, including the latest minimally invasive surgical methods for children.

The program has received patients from nearly 30 countries and 25 U.S. states seeking the latest epilepsy care and treatments for children and infants.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NCH is designated a National Association of Epilepsy Centers Level IV Center.

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The Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. No other program in the Southeast ranks higher.
Reasons to Choose NCH for Pediatric Epilepsy Care
  • NCH has offered new and investigational medicines to treat epilepsy for more than 30 years.
  • NCH offers specialized centers for children receiving treatment for epilepsy associated with tuberous sclerosis and ion channel disorders.
  • NCH is the first center in the world to directly map the brains of infants and children as a first step toward successful pediatric brain surgery.
  • NCH is one of the few centers that conduct epilepsy surgery on children who have normal MRI scans. These present the greatest challenge for the surgical team.
  • NCH has been a pioneer in offering minimally invasive techniques for pediatric epilepsy surgery, including Visualase, a laser technology to remove brain tissue that causes seizures. 

Epilepsy Care
State-of-the-Art Technology for Pediatric Epilepsy Care
Technology available for patient evaluation and treatment through the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center include:
  • 3-D brain imaging
  • Computer-modeled diagnosis of epilepsy source
  • MRI guided laser ablation surgery (Visualase) - Minimally invasive epilepsy surgery with laser-guided probe 
  • Precision surgery made possible through intraoperative brain mapping
  • Functional MRI to localize vital brain functions to be avoided at surgery
  • Neuro-intensive monitoring of children with severe epilepsy
  • Comprehensive genetic diagnosis of epileptic disorders
  • Partners with Florida International University neuroengineering program
  • Use of optical imaging to help define epileptic tissue

For more information on pediatric epilepsy care, visit the Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute® online, or call 786-624-2381 to speak to a pediatric epileptology specialist.