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Beaumont Children's Hospital Opens Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic

Goal: stop seizures and improve quality of life for children with epilepsy

Beaumont Children’s Hospital has expanded itsneuroscience services Jan. 7 with a Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic, offering treatment options and services for infants, children and teens with seizures and epilepsy. The clinic offers comprehensive evaluations and schedules tests, including MRIs, PET scans and EEGs, for those with mild to complex forms of epilepsy.

About 50,000 new cases of childhood epilepsy are diagnosed each year. Epilepsy is a neurological condition in the brain that makes a person more susceptible to having seizures. A seizure occurs when parts of the brain receive a burst of abnormal signals that temporarily interrupts normal brain function. When a person has two or more seizures, he or she is considered to have epilepsy.

The clinic, located in suite 302 of the Medical Office Building at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, specializes in helping patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. To schedule an appointment, call 248-551-3302. 

"We treat all forms of epilepsy ranging from mild – when seizures are controlled with medications or not recognized, to catastrophic – when a person is having a seizure and is unresponsive. About one-third of patients with the severe form of epilepsy will not respond to any medication,” says Daniel Arndt, M.D., director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic at Beaumont Children’s Hospital.

In addition to Dr. Arndt, a pediatric epileptologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy in children, the Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic works with a highly-trained, multidisciplinary team of specialists. The staff includes:  pediatric neurologists, pediatric neuroscience nurses, pediatric EEG technologists and a nurse coordinator who schedules testing and follow-up care. The clinic’s staff also collaborates with several specialties including pediatric neurosurgery, ophthalmology, radiology and physical, occupational and speech therapy.

With the unpredictability of epilepsy and the challenge it can present to some families, the clinic provides resources and guidance for parents and caregivers in a single location.

“We are providing a higher level of epilepsy care. We are using the most advanced EEG and imaging technologies available and working hand-in-hand with pediatric neurosurgeons,” explains Dr. Arndt. “The goal is to give our patients and families freedom from seizures and provide them with an excellent quality of life. We want patients to feel ‘normal’ again.”

For more information about Beaumont neuroscience services, visit http://neurosciences.beaumont.edu/.
 
For more information about Beaumont Children’s Hospital, visit  http://beaumontchildrenshospital.com/.

Julia Schopick January 13, 2013 at 05:57 PM
I’m happy to see that more hospitals, like Beaumont Children’s, are opening clinics for children with epilepsy. This article states that the clinic “specializes in helping patients with drug-resistant epilepsy,” but does not say whether it has dietitians who are trained to administer the Ketogenic Diet—a diet which has helped children with seizures since the 1920s, at hospitals like the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins. (Today there are over 100 hospitals worldwide that administer the diet.) I learned a lot about this diet while doing the research for my book, “Honest Medicine,” which features 4 lifesaving treatments many doctors don’t know about, including this diet. It has lots of research behind it, as well as “patient-based evidence”—i.e., hundreds of thousands of children who have been helped by the diet. I am happy to share with your readers studies from the 1920s on, showing that the diet is effective. The best part of the diet is that, in addition to being less toxic than drugs, most children for whom it is successful (that’s 67% of children) only have to be on the diet for around two years before they are able to return to a “normal” diet. Feel free to write to me at Julia at HonestMedicine.com and I’ll send you the studies I mention here. Also, there is a tremendous amount of information at CharlieFoundation.org. Thanks for letting me post here. I hope my words will help lots of people. Julia Schopick (HonestMedicine.com)
Jean McCawley January 15, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Congratulations on your new clinic! My daughter was on the Ketogenic Diet for pediatric epilepsy after developing Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis a severe form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome from phenobarbital. After 2 and a half years on the diet she was weaned off and has remained drug and seizure free! I hope that your center will offer the Ketogenic Diet as a first line of therapy to your patients and parents. My daughter suffered horrific side effects from phenobarbital and later developed ITP from depakote. The diet is easy to do and a lifesaver! Sincerely, Jean McCawley Stevens - Johnson Syndrome Foundation (sjsupport.org)

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