Intractable Epilepsy in Children:
Evaluation and Treatment Options
Most children with epilepsy achieve reasonably good seizure control with antiepileptic drug therapy. It is estimated that 10-20% of children with epilepsy do not respond though, and have refractory epilepsy. This can have a profound effect on the education, social, emotional, and cognitive functioning of the child.
Stratus | Alliance Neurodiagnostics recently hosted a webinar on Intractable Epilepsy in Children presented by Gretchen Von Allmen, MD.
In this webinar, Dr. Von Allmen:
• Defines intractable epilepsy, and understand incidence, causes, and impact in children
• Discusses goals of evaluation and means of testing; understand the role of Comprehensive Epilepsy centers
• Reviews non-medication and surgical treatments for intractable epilepsy, including ketogenic diet, neurostimulators (VNS, RNS), invasive EEG, laser ablation, corpus callosotomy, resection/lobectomy, and hemispherotomy
Watch webinar below
Dr. Von Allmen has been the Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program and Medical Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for more than 12 years. Dr. Von Allmen earned her medical degree at Emory University School of Medicine, and completed residencies at Emory and Northwestern University, as well as fellowships at the University of Chicago and Baylor College of Medicine. She has expertise evaluating children undergoing non-invasive and invasive procedures for epilepsy surgery, namely in the utilization and interpretation of Stereo-EEG and Magnetoencephalography. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Epilepsia and Nature, and also contributed to the writing of a book chapter on Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) for Intractable Epilepsy. Dr. Von Allmen is an editorial ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology and sits on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, Houston chapter.
PNES are the most common condition misdiagnosed as epilepsy. They account for approximately 20-30% of EMU admissions for refractory epilepsy, and they are nearly as prevalent as multiple sclerosis and trigeminal neuralgia in the general population. “In addition to being common, psychogenic symptoms pose an uncomfortable and often frustrating challenge, both in diagnosis and management.” ~ Selim R. Benbadis, M.D.
Stratus | Alliance Neurodiagnostics recently hosted a webinar on PNES with Dr. Benbadis, a leader in the study of PNES.
Dr. Benbadis reviews:
• The diagnosis of psychogenic seizures
• The various psychiatric diagnoses underlying psychogenic seizures
• The basic principles of treatment for psychogenic seizures
This webinar will only be available for a limited time.
Selim Benbadis, M.D. is board-certified in Neurology, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, and Sleep Medicine. He is Division Director, Epilepsy, EEG & Sleep Medicine and a Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida. He is also Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Tampa General Hospital.
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