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Pediatric Epilepsy Program

A seizure during childhood is not uncommon. Reasons for a seizure include genetic disorders, congenital brain malformations, lack of oxygen, head trauma or other illnesses. Seizures that happen more than once or repeatedly might indicate epilepsy.

Our team of nationally recognized pediatric epilepsy specialists at Children's Hospital provide consultations, ongoing care and diagnostic services for children and teens.

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  • The advanced technologies we use to monitor and diagnose epilepsy
  • Surgical and non-surgical treatment options for epilepsy
  • Why you should choose the Epilepsy Program at Children’s Hospital

Conditions We Treat

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    Aicardi syndrome
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    Angelman syndrome
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    Cortical dysplasia
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    Cortical malformations – lissencephaly, schizencephaly, polymicrogyria, pachygyria, hemimegaloencephaly
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    Dravet syndrome

Meet Your Care Team

Robert P. Carson
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Robert P. CarsonMD, PhD

    Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology
Emma G. Carter

Emma G. CarterMD

    Child Neurology, Developmental Delay, Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology, Seizure Disorders
Kevin C. Ess
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Kevin C. EssMD, PhD

    Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology
Melanie E. Franklin
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Melanie E. FranklinCRNP

    Pediatric Neurology
Cary Fu
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Cary FuMD

    Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology
Kaitlin C. James
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Kaitlin C. JamesMD

    Epilepsy, Pediatric Neurology

Why Choose the Epilepsy Program at Children​‌‘s Hospital

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    Exclusive care

    Children's Hospital is the only facility in Middle Tennessee with video-EEG monitoring for the evaluation of children for epilepsy surgery. Our four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is ideal for diagnosing seizure disorders and providing precise treatment plans.

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    Recognized care

    The National Association of Epilepsy Centers identifies us as the only Level 4 center in Middle Tennessee. Level 4 centers have the highest level of care for epilepsy. U.S. News and World Report has also consistently ranked Monroe Carell as a top provider of pediatric neurology care.

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    Team approach

    With experts in pediatric neurology, pediatric neurosurgery, diet and nutrition, pharmacy and nursing, we have the expertise to treat even the most complex seizures and offer dietary and surgical options for epilepsy management. Our program coordinator helps you navigate your child’s treatment, from scheduling tests to obtaining medical records or insurance authorizations. Our coordinator can also answer any questions, help you find lodging near our hospital and refer you to other epilepsy resources.

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    Clinical trials

    Under the supervision of the Food and Drug Administration, we can prescribe new medicines that may help children whose symptoms have resisted more common epilepsy medications.

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    Open to referrals

    We accept all referred patients and promptly communicate our recommendations to your child's primary neurologist. We strive to see patients promptly after a referral placement.

What to Expect at the Epilepsy Clinic

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

Locations

2200 Children's Way, 9th Floor
Nashville, TN 37232
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2105 Edward Curd Lane
Franklin, TN 37067
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
1155 Kennedy Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.