Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
Le Bonheur's epilepsy program is a National Association of Epilepsy Center Level IV Accredited comprehensive program, the highest level and one of only a few in the United States.
Our epilepsy team includes nationally recognized physicians who are leaders in neurological associations and societies around the world. The comprehensive team treats children with the most complex diagnoses and conducts research to provide the most innovative treatments to children with epilepsy.
Each year, we treat more than 1,300 children with epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Our patients have some of the highest seizure-free rates in the country.
The Evaluation Process
A multi-disciplinary team will evaluate your child when admitted to our-state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) on the seventh floor the hospital. Testing will record, diagnose and determine an individualized treatment plan for your child.
Ten patient rooms are equipped for epilepsy monitoring with wireless technology that provides constant EEG monitoring, even when a child is out of the bed.
A specially-designed playroom creates a safe space for children with epilepsy as it includes wireless monitoring, cameras, soft cornered furniture and rubber flooring. We know that seizures occur when kids are just being kids. We want our EMU patients to be as comfortable and active as normal while being evaluated.
Daily Nurse-led educational sessions offer a chance for EMU families to interact and learn answers to common pediatric epilepsy questions.
Our center uses the most advanced technology to assist in the evaluation of your child’s epilepsy including:
- Video electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring
- High density EEG monitoring
- Intraoperative MRI (iMRI)
- Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
- Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
- Neuropsychology Testing
- Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) and subtraction SPECT
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
- Wada Test (intracarotid amobarbital testing)
Once the diagnostic process is complete, our team of epilepsy specialists analyzes each child’s results during a weekly conference. This ensures that each child receives a comprehensive medical opinion. Treatment options are then presented to the family.
Once the evaluation and diagnosis process is complete, your family will be presented with a care plan. Advanced treatments may include new medications, a special diet or surgery, like vagus nerve stimulation.
When surgery is required, your child will recover in the dedicated six-bed Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit.
Visiting Le Bonheur
Patients and Families who come to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Le Bonheur will work with a nurse coordinator to schedule their visit.
Traveling to Memphis
- Out of town families may be able to stay at the FedExFamilyHouse, a 24-suite facility for out-of-town families with children receiving treatment at Le Bonheur.
- Places to Stay
- Family-friendly Activities in Memphis
Experience Le Bonheur
For more information
For more information, contact the Neuroscience Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or Le Bonheur Connect at 901-287-PEDS or 1-866-870-5570.