CHOP Docs Provide Overview of Options to Families for Children Experiencing Epilepsy

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During Epilepsy Awareness Month, the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania (EFEPA) invited speakers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to discuss topics related to epilepsy, including what treatments are available when medications are not enough, and how to choose a neurosurgeon. The recordings of these family-aimed presentations are now available through the EFEPA.

Sudha Kessler, MD and Benjamin Kennedy, MD Sudha Kessler, MD and Benjamin Kennedy, MD Sudha Kessler, MD, a pediatric neurologist in the Division of Neurology and the Program Director for both the Child Neurology Residency and the Pediatric Epilepsy Fellowship at CHOP, provided an overview of epilepsy treatment options when standard antiseizure medications are not controlling seizures, with a focus on surgical treatments as well as how to talk about these issues with your neurologist. You can watch Dr. Kessler’s presentation at this link.

Benjamin Kennedy, MD, an attending neurosurgeon and the Director of Epilepsy and Functional Neurosurgery in the Division of Neurosurgery at CHOP, gave an overview on how to find a neurosurgeon and navigate second opinions, with the goal to have families feel empowered as advocates for their child and in taking the next steps when medications are not enough. You can view Dr. Kennedy’s presentation here.

You can find a complete list of the EFEPA’s November presentation series here.

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