At the Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center, specialists on staff in neurology diagnose and treat children with epilepsy and related conditions such as Sturge-Weber syndrome. Treatment options generally include drug therapy. In some cases where drug therapy is unsuccessful, Children’s Hospital of Michigan uses alternative treatments such as the ketogenic diet and epilepsy surgery when appropriate. Using PET scanning, neurologists pinpoint the origin of epileptic seizures so that neurosurgeons can remove affected tissue in the brain. This procedure often improve the patient’s condition dramatically, with success rates in the 80- to 90-percent range. Physicians on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are also involved in groundbreaking epilepsy research – including National Institutes of Health and National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke funded projects.
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