Epilepsy is common in children, and about one-third of children do not have acceptable seizure control despite treatment with initial anti-seizure medications. This session will review multiple treatment options for children with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Such treatments can eliminate or substantially reduce seizures, reduce medication side-effects, optimize neurobehavioral function, and improve long-term outcomes. The treatments include newer anti-seizure medications, surgical procedures (resection, disconnection, and neuromodulation such as VNS, RNS, DBS), dietary treatment, and targeted management of specific genetic etiologies. Clinicians from CHOP's Pediatric Epilepsy Program will provide summaries of each management approach including indications, our family-centered and inter-disciplinary approach to use, and outcomes.
- Summarize the treatments available to manage treatment-resistant epilepsy in children.
- Review the appropriate role and expected outcomes of pediatric epilepsy surgery.
- Describe how each advanced treatment can be selected and tailored to specific patients.
Topics and speakers
- New Epilepsy Therapies - Sudha K. Kessler, MD, MSCE
- Epilepsy Surgery - Ben Kennedy, MD & Sudha K. Kessler, MD, MSCE
- Neuromodulation - Marissa P. DiGiovine, MD
- Dietary Therapies - Christina Bergqvist, MD
- Epilepsy Genetics - Ingo Helbig, MD