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EEG Studies for Epilepsy: January 17, 2019

Four-year-old Clara has been having periodic seizures since she was a newborn. “She had one when she was a few days old. They are very isolated incidents when they happen, so it’s hard to track,” explained Amanda French, Clara’s mom.

But after her most recent seizure, she came to Golisano Children’s Hospital to undergo an EEG study. “Epilepsy is truly a clinical diagnosis. But if there is any question about it, the last thing that we want to do is give somebody seizure medicine that doesn’t really need it,” said Dr. Britt Stroud, a pediatric neurologist with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

The study uses cameras and electrodes to monitor the child’s brain waves. “What we’re looking at in an EEG is we’re looking at the awake state, the drowsy state, and the sleep state. What we’re looking for is actually areas of focal slowing or generalized slowing or areas where there are electrical discharges that shouldn’t be there,” said Dr. Stroud.

The study can determine if the child is having seizures and the best form of treatment. If a child is having seizures, the study can also help to determine where the seizure is coming from. “If we feel like the seizure is coming from one particular part of the brain then we are going to look very closely at our imaging for an abnormality of that area,” Dr. Stroud said.

Children undergoing an EEG study can spend up to three days in the hospital. During observation, family members are also given a button to alert physicians to any questionable activity.

“I highly recommend this hospital in comparison to others. I drive an hour to come to this hospital and see the doctors here, and I do that because they have shown themselves to be better in my opinion,” French said.

A study that gives families answers while providing quality care.

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