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Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, and Critical Care Neurology



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The Division of Epilepsy, Neurophysiology, and Critical Care Neurology combines the expertise of highly specialized pediatric professionals focused on the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions that require ongoing treatment and support.

Our team’s care is comprehensive and we also help you and your child manage the social, educational, and emotional difficulties that often accompany these disorders.

Experience and Excellence in Care
Every year, the division provides care for more than 8,000 epilepsy-related patients and children with neurological conditions including:
  • Hypoxic ischemia (shortage of oxygen to the brain)
The approach to treatment depends on the individual, and may involve a combination of therapies and services:
  • Diagnostic testing (EEG, Evoked potentials, EMG, NCV)
  • Ongoing outpatient treatment and support
  • Inpatient medical care
  • Inpatient intensive care

Update on Epilepsy Management

Amy Kao, MD, updates FOP attendees on the management of epilepsy in children.
Download presentation (PDF). Presented by Amy Kao, M.D. at the Future of Pediatrics 2011

When your child needs inpatient care, Children’s National has the only Pediatric Neuro-Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU) program in the Washington, DC, area and one of the first in the nation. The Neuro-ICU is an innovative, state-of-the-art family-centered facility with private patient rooms and special waiting and resting areas so families can stay close by while their child is with us.

The full-time Neuro-ICU staff includes several neuro-intensivists, physicians specifically trained in caring for extremely fragile children with an injury, complex condition, or recovering from surgery who require around-the-clock monitoring.

Additionally, our neonatal neurologists partner with neonatal specialists to provide neuroprotection for newborns in Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Research and Clinical Trials
Integrated with Children’s Research Institute, our team collaborates with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, as well as other institutes and universities, taking a leadership role in research on imaging specific to pediatric neurological conditions, and the full range of treatment options, including pharmaceutical, surgical, therapeutic, and behavioral interventions.

Our original work and our relationships make the most advanced care available to our patients and families.

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