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Pediatric Epilepsy Center

U.S. News & World Report - Neurology and Neurosurgery

Epilepsy is a common neurologic disorder that often begins in childhood. Two or more unprovoked seizures is the definition of epilepsy. Treating pediatric seizures is one component of caring for children with epilepsy. Epilepsy is often accompanied by higher rates of learning differences, attentional issues and behavior problems that also require treatment.

The Pediatric Epilepsy Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford focuses on identifying the epilepsy cause, treating seizures with leading-edge techniques like the ROSA™ robot and partnering with families and other care givers to provide the very best in childhood epilepsy care.

We are the first hospital in Northern California to offer the ROSA™ robotized surgical assistant for 3-D mapping for epilepsy. ROSA’s™ computer brain guides its robotic arm to facilitate mapping, which helps determine the best trajectory to minimize damage to adjacent brain tissue. Our surgeons can also rely on the ROSA to manipulate instruments as thin as a needle during minimally invasive brain surgery, and to decipher the epileptic network and seizure focus in a child with medically refractory seizures.

Stanford Medicine Children's Health is accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers as a level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Our multidisciplinary childhood epilepsy team includes pediatric epileptologists (neurologists specializing in the treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders), neurosurgeons, registered EEG technologists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologist and dietitians—all experts in the care of children with epilepsy.

Level 4 Childhood Epilepsy Center - NAEC Badge for care of Children with Epilepsy

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