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When your child is facing epilepsy or a seizure disorder, you’ll do anything to give them their life back. With the Charlotte region’s largest pediatric epilepsy team on your side, Atrium Health Levine Children’s is here to help you do just that. Using the latest testing and technologies, we get to the root of your child’s condition and deliver advanced treatments to control – or even cure – their seizures.

In addition to our Level 4 epilepsy monitoring unit, which is the highest level of accreditation possible, we also have the only dedicated pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit in the region. From dietary changes all the way to complex surgery, we’re focused on what’s right for your child to limit side effects, maximize development and give them the best life possible.

Appointments are by referral only. Ask your child’s doctor if our program is right for them.

Why choose Atrium Health Levine Children’s

  • Highest level of monitoring: In addition to our Level 4 epilepsy monitoring unit in Charlotte, we have the only dedicated pediatric epilepsy monitoring unit in the region. Located at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Jeff Gordon Children Center in Concord, it has a playroom and teen room with video EEG capabilities. This gives children the freedom to spend time outside of their rooms, while receiving complex care.
  • Expert care team: Our pediatric epilepsy team is the largest in the Charlotte region, with pediatric epileptologists, neuropsychologists and neuroradiologists, as well as our fellowship-trained partners in pediatric neurosurgery. Additionally, we have child life specialists and nurse navigators, who help patients and their families cope with the complexities of epilepsy care.
  • Nationally accredited care: In addition to our accredited epilepsy monitoring units, The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for Epilepsy and the American Board of Registered Evoked Potential and Electroencephalographic Technologists (ABRET) recognize us among centers nationwide that offer the highest level of pediatric epilepsy care.
  • Award-winning neurology and neurosurgery: All pediatric epilepsy care across Atrium Health Levine Children’s is backed by the strength and expertise of Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital. It’s the only children’s hospital in the Charlotte region awarded by U.S. News & World Report and is nationally ranked in multiple specialties, including neurology and neurosurgery.

Epilepsy conditions we treat

We treat a wide range of epilepsy in children, from kids who have just had their first seizure to kids who have had them all their life. By knowing the exact cause of your child’s seizures, we can determine the most appropriate treatment plan to control them.

Some pediatric epilepsy and pediatric seizure disorders we treat include:

  • Temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Childhood absence epilepsy
  • Infantile spasms, or West syndrome
  • Febrile seizure
  • Dravet syndrome
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
  • Juvenile myoclonic epilepsy
  • Benign rolandic epilepsy
  • Landau-Kleffner syndrome
  • Panayiotopoulos syndrome

Pediatric epilepsy diagnosis and testing

First, we need to find out exactly where your child’s seizures are coming from. To do this, we utilize advanced diagnostic tools, including:

  • Imaging: Neuroimaging lets us take pictures of your child’s brain to find the root of their seizures and track changes. With specialists trained in epilepsy imaging, including MRI, PET and SPECT scans, we’ll help identify the best treatment approach for your child.
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): The most common diagnostic tool for epilepsy, an EEG is a safe, painless test that uses electrodes to monitor your child’s brain activity and detect abnormalities. For more in-depth monitoring, we can use 24-hour video EEG in the hospital, and in some patients, it can be performed at home to capture what happens when your child has a seizure.
  • Intracranial EEG (iEEG): During this procedure, our neurosurgeons place electrodes in or on the surface of your child’s brain to detect brain activity and pinpoint where their seizures begin.
  • Stereo-EEG (SEEG): We are one of the first programs in the Southeast to offer SEEG, a minimally invasive approach that helps us see exactly where your child’s seizures originate.
  • Brain mapping: Brain mapping is an important step before any epilepsy surgery. It’s a procedure that lets us examine specific areas of your child’s brain and determine a surgical approach that won’t interfere with their brain function.
  • Wada testing: Before epilepsy surgery, a Wada test helps us learn how your child’s brain controls language and memory and how surgery might impact that.
  • Neuropsychological testing: A routine part of epilepsy testing, neuropsychological testing examines everything from your child’s memory to their motor skills, helping us diagnose what type of seizure disorder they have.

Frequently asked questions

For referring providers

We’re here to work with you to provide your patient with the highest level of care. To refer a patient to our program, call 704-403-2660.

Meet a patient

Isaac Pitts

Helping Isaac build a seizure-free future

Isaac had his first seizure when he was 8. Since undergoing focal resection surgery to remove the part of his brain where his seizures start, he’s been seizure-free – and free to just be a kid.

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Our pediatric epilepsy team

In addition to our pediatric epileptologists, neuropsychologists and neuroradiologists, we have expert pediatric neurosurgeon partners. With child life specialists and nurse navigators as well, we’re here to support your family at every step.