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Epilepsy, Neurophysiology and Critical Care Neurology

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Supporting All Aspects of Your Child’s Care

Our team supports your child’s physical condition, as well as the social and emotional aspects of their disorder.

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 10,000 epilepsy-related patients and children with neurological conditions including: 

  • Epilepsy
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • 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

Our innovative care services include:

Comprehensive Pediatric Epilepsy Program

We are one of the few hospitals in the nation to be ranked as a Level 4 epilepsy program by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) for our comprehensive evaluation, testing and state-of-the-art treatment. We also use advanced non-invasive neuroimaging techniques to ensure the best possible care. Learn more about our program.

Neuro Intensive Care Unit

When your child needs inpatient care, Children’s National Health System has the only pediatric Neuro Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU) program in the Washington, D.C., area. The Neuro-ICU is an innovative, state-of-the-art family-centered facility with private patient rooms and special waiting and resting areas so you can stay close by while your 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.

Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program

Our neonatal neurologists partner with our neonatologists to provide neurocritical care to newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). It is the only program of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region and was the second in the nation to be created. Learn more about the Neonatal Neurology and Neonatal Neurocritical Care Program.

Neurobehavior Program

The Neurobehavior Program is a subspecialty service of the Children's National Center for Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine, which focuses upon evaluation and management of behavioral effects associated with neurologic illness. Diseases emphasized include epilepsy, movement disorders, intellectual or developmental disabilities, migraines and other complex neurologic and medical conditions.

A comprehensive neuropsychiatric assessment is done in collaboration with neurology and neuropsychology services as necessary. The program is unique in that very few pediatric institutions offer an interdisciplinary approach to neurologic illness that includes a psychiatric perspective. We aim to treat the whole child, and tailor treatment to the individual concerns of each child and their families.

Once we identify your child’s particular needs, we will work closely with you to develop an individual treatment strategy.

Paul's Story

Critical Care

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"My hope is that maybe someone in a similar situation may read this and realize that there is hope, that there is someone out there who can help, no matter how much it seems that there isn't."

Paul's Story