Conditions and Treatments

Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Excellence

The Epilepsy Center includes a comprehensive and sophisticated epilepsy monitoring unit that features use of the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies in pediatric care. The Center also offers other unique programs and services for parents in a family-friendly environment. Among the services provided is a dedicated pediatric epilepsy nurse who can help you find additional resources, and help you and your family navigate the complex world of epilepsy care. 

Laser Ablation for Epilepsy

For children who haven’t responded to seizure medications, pediatric neurologists can treat epilepsy without traditional open surgery by using a new, minimally invasive laser technique. This highly precise laser ablation uses light energy to eliminate diseased tissue or small tumors while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

Advanced Brain Mapping

Sophisticated imaging technologies include magnetoencephalography (MEG), a non-invasive technique that can pinpoint a child’s seizure focus and directly measure children’s brain function without the need for using injections, contrast dyes and X-rays.

Dietary Therapies

The Epilepsy Center also offers one of North Carolina’s largest dietary programs to treat epilepsy. The Center uses the ketogenic diet and the modified Atkins diet to help children who don’t respond to seizure medications or have severe side effects. Dietary therapy can make a dramatic difference in reducing the number of seizures for many children with epilepsy. The ketogenic diet derives 90 percent of its calories from fat and has been used successfully for nearly a century. The modified Atkins diet and some others allow more carbohydrates and protein.

Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic

A rare genetic disease, Tuberous Sclerosis causes benign (non-cancerous) tumors in many parts of the body, mainly in the eyes, heart, brain, kidney, lungs and skin. It is often detected in infancy or childhood and can produce mild or moderate symptoms in some, but also can cause serious disabilities such as seizures, autism, developmental delay and intellectual disability.

The Tuberous Sclerosis Clinic provides comprehensive and compassionate care of your child, with treatment tailored to his or her individual needs. This may include working closely pediatric specialists in, psychiatry, development, neuro-oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, cardiology, dermatology, hematology, nephrology, pulmonology, genetics and dentistry.

Despite the fact that tuberous sclerosis has no cure, there are a number of new treatments available, and several being studied that allow many people with the disease to lead full, productive lives.

Pediatric Headache Program

Headaches are one of the most common reasons for referral to a pediatric neurologist. For children who have recurrent migraines and/or tension headaches, our specialists offer a number of treatments to reduce their occurrence. Of course, we make sure there is no serious cause underlying the headaches. Whether your child has an acute attack or needs preventive treatment and lifestyle changes, there are many therapies available. Some of these treatments may include trigger point and botox injections. Our specialists can help your child enjoy a normal, healthy life. Learn More

Other Conditions Evaluated and Treated:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain malformations
  • Neurometabolic disorders (such as lysosomal and mitochondrial disorders
  • Neurogenetic disorders (such as Rett and Angelman syndromes, neurofibromatosis
  • Neuromuscular disease (such as muscular dystrophy, Charcot-Marie-Tooth, myotonia
  • Pediatric and neonatal stroke
  • Movement disorders (such as ataxia, tremor, tics)
  • Disorders of muscle tone (spasticity and hypotonia)
  • Neuroimmune disorders (such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, multiple sclerosis, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis)