Pediatric Epilepsy Program
The Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) specializes in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of children and infants with seizures and epilepsy.
As an accredited level 4 epilepsy center, we have been recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as having the expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with epilepsy.
For each child, we strive to understand why seizures have developed. We then design a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that best controls seizures with the fewest possible side effects. For most children with epilepsy, such a treatment plan involves seizure medication.
Most children seen through our Pediatric Epilepsy Program have seizures that respond well to medication. Some children, however, have seizures that do not respond well to medical treatment. If this is the case for your child, our team will work with you to explore other treatment options that may help your child, including the ketogenic diet, vagus nerve stimulation, or epilepsy surgery.
If your child is a candidate for surgery, we use modern minimally invasive technologies to develop a personalized epilepsy surgery plan that will optimize seizure control and minimize pain. These innovative techniques include robotic-assisted stereoelectroencephalography (sEEG) and a variety of minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as laser ablation, responsive neurostimulation, and vagal nerve stimulation.
Our team collaborates closely with providers across the United States and internationally to deliver streamlined care and access to all the resources and advanced treatment options that each patient may need.