If you are concerned that your child is having episodes that may or may not be seizures, and a definite diagnosis has not yet been made, or if your child has recently been diagnosed with epilepsy and has been started on seizure medication but is not under the care of a neurologist:
- Call 215-590-1719 to schedule a new patient appointment with a Pediatric Epilepsy Program care provider
- Expect an electroencephalogram (EEG) to be scheduled just prior to your new patient appointment
- Bring all outside medical records and home video if a seizure event was captured
Outpatient consultations for epilepsy second opinions
If your child is already under the care of a neurologist for seizures or epilepsy and you are interested in receiving a second opinion from a CHOP neurologist specializing in seizures and epilepsy, please call 215-590-1719 and ask for Emily Thomas. Appointments can be offered at our Main Campus in Philadelphia as well as several satellite sites in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Prior to scheduling the epilepsy second opinion consultation, we will need to receive the following information by fax or mail:
- Medical records from treating neurologists, including any records from genetics, metabolism, or other relevant specialists
- Reports of outside EEGs, MRIs and other diagnostic studies. Unless specifically requested, we do not need the actual EEG tracings or MRI films from outside facilities at the time of initial visit.
- Do not forget to include your contact information with these records. Also, please bring another copy of the records with you to the visit.
Please follow the instructions listed here, and call us with any questions. After we receive this information, we will call you to schedule your child's appointment. Expect a CHOP EEG to be performed immediately prior to the initial consultation, even if you had a recent EEG performed locally.
Scheduled inpatient admissions
Video EEG is performed in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) to aid the diagnosis of seizures and to record brain activity in patients with known epilepsy. This test helps us guide treatment for each patient.