No Seizures, No Side Effects

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital Pediatric Epilepsy Center, this is the goal our experts set for every child we treat.

We understand how important it is to tailor epilepsy care to children and their specific needs. Because their brains are still growing, children are more vulnerable than adults to the harm that uncontrolled seizures can cause.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder of the brain characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures — meaning seizures that seem to occur without a direct cause. However, with a thorough evaluation and diagnostic testing, it is often possible to identify the underlying cause of a child's epilepsy. Yet in some cases, the exact cause may still remain unclear.

After two or more unprovoked seizures, your child may be diagnosed with pediatric epilepsy. Your child's epilepsy may be considered drug-resistant if his or her seizures cannot be controlled with two or more treatment courses of anticonvulsant medication. This is often referred to as intractable epilepsy or refractory epilepsy.

Nationally Recognized for Complex Epilepsy Care

We are a Level 4 epilepsy center, which is the highest classification granted by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). It means we provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for children with complex epilepsy.

We have success reducing and eliminating seizures in children, often helping children who other physicians have deemed “untreatable.” Even if you've been told that your child has drug-resistant, intractable or refractory epilepsy, we encourage you to bring your child to our experts at Comer Children's.

Expertise in Gelastic Epilepsy & Hypothalamic Hamartomas

Our team has extensive experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of gelastic epilepsy, including stereotactic radiosurgery and laser ablation.

Why Choose Us for Pediatric Epilepsy Care?

Our dedicated pediatric epilepsy specialists work together to develop individualized treatment plans based on the type of seizure your child is experiencing, the underlying cause of the seizure disorder, your child's medical history and other relevant criteria. We work to balance seizure control, improve learning and increase quality of life for every patient.

When visiting Comer Children's, you can expect a unique and positive patient experience. Our doctors listen to you and your child, making sure you understand and are involved in decisions about your child's care.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the University of Chicago Medicine is comprised of a Level 4 adult epilepsy center and a level 4 pediatric epilepsy center. So with us, your child can transition to the highest level of epilepsy care through adulthood.
Our epilepsy team has made important breakthroughs. For example, we are the first facility in Illinois to offer MRI-guided stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG) and laser ablation surgery.
We are one of a handful of centers offering non-invasive monitoring techniques that combine complex mathematical equations with MRI images and EEG data to create 3D images of electrical activity in the brain.

Experts at Comer Children's offer effective treatments that are not available from community neurologists, including some therapies that are not available at other epilepsy centers. These new treatments are backed by our extensive research and clinical trials. Our carefully individualized drug regimens, sophisticated seizure monitoring and comprehensive surgery plans set us apart from other centers. We are one of the most experienced pediatric epilepsy centers in the nation.

Our multidisciplinary team specializes in the use of medication, ketogenic diets and surgery to control epileptic seizures in children.
  • We are the most active clinical site for vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) in Chicago, implanting stimulator devices in several patients each month.
  • Our surgeons have the experience and expertise to perform pediatric epilepsy surgery on children at a younger age than at many institutions.

Convenient Locations for Pediatric Epilepsy Care

Comprehensive, Family-Centered Pediatric Epilepsy Care

We understand you may have questions. We want to help you learn all you need to know to make informed decisions about your child's care.