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Comprehensive Neuroscience Center at Children’s of Wisconsin and the Medical College

At Children’s of Wisconsin, we can provide that highest level of multidisciplinary care. Together, our neuroscience team offers state-of-the-art care for a wide range of pediatric neurological conditions bringing together pediatric specialists under one umbrella. By also integrating inpatient, outpatient, and physician services along these disease based programs, the Center provides access to innovative and comprehensive care and consultation services in a patient centered and service minded way.
Facilities dedicated to epilepsy care include a self-contained, eight-bed Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit located in Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with state-of-the-art, all-digital, video-EEG equipment. The Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit operates 24 hours a-day, seven days a week. The unit is staffed by a team of dedicated physicians, nurses and EEG technicians specializing in pediatric epilepsy. An on-site EEG lab and advanced techniques such as functional MRI (fMRI) enable noninvasive mapping of language and motor function as well as specialized diagnosis and monitoring. State-of-the-art software and analysis allows co-registration of data from multiple tests, enabling our epileptologists and neurosurgeon to better localize the seizure focus within the brain.

With specially designed facilities, innovative diagnostic equipment, educational programs and psychosocial support, the Neuroscience Center team is able to offer comprehensive care to all patients. Our multidisciplinary approach to children’s care integrates the efforts of pediatric professionals, including:
– Pediatric Neurosurgeons
– Pediatric Rehabilitation Physicians and interdisciplinary therapists and family support team
– Pediatric Radiologists & Neuropathologists
– Pediatric Neurointensivists
– Pediatric General Neurology &Epilepsy Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants
– Pediatric EEG technicians trained in IOM, LTM, and complex EEG services

The Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the Neuroscience Center is one of the leading epilepsy surgery programs in the country, performing epilepsy surgery in children of all ages from infancy to young adulthood. As one of the leading epilepsy centers in the country, our pediatric neurosurgery team performs over 25 pediatric epilepsy surgeries a year. Each patient considered for cranial epilepsy surgery is carefully evaluated first in the epilepsy monitoring unit and then discussed individually in the multidisciplinary Patient Management Conference.

Our team of pediatric neurologists provide a full spectrum of neurological services for children including:

  • Childhood Epilepsy / Seizures
  • Headaches / Migraines
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscular atrophy
  • Congenital myopathies
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Hereditary neuropathies
  • Metabolic diseases affecting the nervous system
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Movement disorders, including Tourette syndrome and ataxia
  • Autism
  • Consultation services

Population Served

  • Total new pediatric neurology cases annually of more than 2000
  • Active pediatric neurology patients: approximately 7500
  • Long term monitoring admissions a year: over 400
  • Over 25 pediatric epilepsy surgeries annually
  • Outpatient visits a year: more than 8500
  • Inpatient days: 10,000 (includes admits to our Inpatient Neuroscience Unit, pediatric ICU, and neonatal ICU

Program differentiators

As a regional referral center, the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Children’s Comprehensive Neuroscience Center provides care to children with seizure disorders while specializing in comprehensive diagnostics, treatment, and surgical services for children with intractable epilepsy.

Advanced Diagnostics

Froedtert, Children’s Hospital, and the Medical College have expanded, and in some cases pioneered, the development and innovative use of advanced diagnostic techniques to map and image the functional and affected areas in the brain. These imaging technologies are used to diagnose disease, plan therapeutic interventions, and help orient surgical planning. Together, our brain mapping, SPECT and PET imaging technology provide patients and families state of the art comprehensive epilepsy diagnostic capabilities.

  • Brain Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography (SPECT) scanning
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET
  • Advanced Brain Mapping
  • Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • Intracarotid Sodium Amobarbital (Wada) Test
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
  • Cortical Stimulation Mapping
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Page Updated 06/17/2014