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Pediatric Epilepsy Program

The nationally prominent Lurie Children’s Division of Epilepsy boasts an extensive range of services, allowing it to provide the highest level care for children with various forms of epilepsy.

Each year we treat at least 2,200 children from around the country and the world, making us one of the busiest child epilepsy centers in the Midwest. Best known for helping infants with complex and hard-to-treat (refractory) epilepsy, our comprehensive epilepsy center offers advanced diagnostic testing including video EEG (video electroencephalography) for children of all ages. We perform about 2,000 video EEG studies a year.

The Division of Epilepsy is part of Lurie Children's Clinical Neurosciences, which is ranked 12th in the nation for child neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report.

Our programs address the medical, behavioral and emotional concerns of children and their families to promote the best possible quality of life. Few epilepsy programs offer the level of support services available to patients at Lurie Children’s, which include:

  • ​​School services program
  • Mental health evaluation and treatment
  • Screening for conditions that can accompany childhood epilepsy, such as autism and learning disabilities
  • Adolescent transition program

These treatments and services are backed by high-quality science and clinical research. Our physician-scientists have connections with researchers around the world, keeping them in touch with the latest advances in epilepsy.

Our education program, ketogenic diet support team and child psychiatrist are available to help your child and your family address the strain that epilepsy can put on your everyday life.

Specialists

Our entire staff is dedicated to treating infants, children and teens. Our highly experienced doctors (called epileptologists) are board-certified in child neurology and specialize in epilepsy, and our nurse practitioners have completed advanced training in pediatrics.

The team also includes an education specialist who serves as a liaison to your child’s schoolsocial workers and a dietitian specializing in the ketogenic diet — a diet that helps reduce seizures in many children.

The center’s neurosurgeons are experts in epilepsy surgery. More than 250 Lurie Children’s patients have had surgery to treat seizures with excellent outcomes. 

In partnership with Northwestern University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, Lurie Children's Epilepsy Division has been recognized as a Level 4 program by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Our Level 4 designation means our high-quality specialized epilepsy care voluntarily meets all of the NAEC’s rigorous criteria. Learn more.

Conditions We Treat

We specialize in treating children with epilepsy.

Tests & Treatments

Our specialists offer different treatments for epilepsy, including the ketogenic diet and surgical options. In addition, we use state-of-the-art imaging and brain monitoring equipment to diagnose epilepsy in many children.

Appointments

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®).

Resources

We have specialized resources available for families and children with epilepsy.

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Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500