Programs and research
Level 4 comprehensive epilepsy center
At UW Health Kids, we use a team-based approach and focus on both your child's emotional and physical health. Our pediatric epilepsy team helps children live active, healthy, happy lives.
Our adult and pediatric epilepsy services earned the highest rating from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). As a level 4 epilepsy center, we provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and care for you.
Our services include:
Evaluation for epilepsy surgery
The NAEC recommends treatment at a level 4 epilepsy center when:
Your seizures are not under control after three months of care from a primary care doctor
Your seizures are not under control after 12 months of care with a general neurologist
Advancing epilepsy care through research
Our epilepsy doctors and scientists work to improve epilepsy care for you. We study the causes of epilepsy and test new treatments. Learn more
Meet our team
An expert team by your side
The UW Health Kids pediatric epilepsy team includes experts in epilepsy, neurology, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, neurosurgery and nutrition.
Our pediatric experts have served the special needs of children for more than 100 years. We focus on each child’s unique needs and offer social and emotional support to help you and your child face even the most complex condition. Our long history includes the creation of medical advances that save lives around the world. Together, we get your child back to health and enjoying being a kid.
Conditions and treatments
Assessing seizures to find the best treatments
UW Health Kids experts diagnose and treat children and teens with seizures and epilepsy.
A seizure is an "electrical storm" in the brain, and epilepsy is a condition where children continue to have seizures. Not every seizure is a sign of epilepsy. Some seizures are due to a passing cause like a fever or low blood sugar, and some seizures have no obvious cause.
There are many different causes of epilepsy. These include brain injuries, brain tumors, changes in the body’s instructions for making the brain (genetic changes), infections and autoimmune conditions. If you child has a seizure, they may have tests to determine if they have epilepsy. If your child is diagnosed with epilepsy, their doctor usually will prescribe anti-seizure medicine.
A range of care options
Many children diagnosed with epilepsy outgrow their condition. Others need treatment. Epilepsy treatments include:
Medicine trials, to find the right medicine or the right combination of medicines
If your child does not respond to anti-seizure medicines, there are other treatment options, including:
Epilepsy monitoring unit to evaluate your child’s seizures
Vagus nerve stimulation
If surgery is recommended, your child will have extensive testing first. This can include:
Comprehensive epilepsy surgery pre-evaluation
ROSA (robotic stereotactic assistance)
Success stories and resources
Meet our patients
Kaden started having facial twitch seizures at age 5. Nine years later they turned into grand mal seizures occurring up to 10 times a day. A neurotransmitter device helped get his condition under control. Read Kaden's story
Trauma from a car accident at age 5 left Tom battling to recover from countless headaches and seizures. Lots of medical appointments and a therapeutic diet make his epilepsy more tolerable. Read Tom's story
UW Health electroencephalogram (EEG) technician Bailey Royston has epilepsy. When she thinks it will help, she shares her story with patients like Kolton, a teen frustrated that epilepsy prevented him from driving. Read Bailey and Kolton's story
Where to find us
We offer specialized epilepsy care at UW Health clinics in Madison.
University Hospital - Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic
- 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
- (608) 890-6500
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