Specialized seizure monitoring in a child-friendly environment
The Valley Hospital's Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is a specially designed environment where children with seizure disorders can be professionally observed and evaluated with the latest technology. Patients from newborn to age 18 undergo several days of testing and observation in comfortable, private rooms on our Pediatric floor.
A comfortable, non-invasive process
Testing consists of around-the-clock brain wave (EEG) monitoring, visual observation through the use of a video camera, and occasional blood tests and brain scans. All testing is non-invasive and mostly painless.
During their stay, children have access to free television, a video game system and plenty of toys, books and puzzles. They may wear their own clothes and pajamas, move around freely, and even eat food brought from home. Patients are welcome to bring their own blankets, favorite toys, books, electronics and anything else that makes them feel at home. For optimum peace of mind, a parent is welcome to remain for the entire stay.
After the monitoring has been completed, our medical director/epileptologist will interpret the results and make a diagnosis. If it is epilepsy, there are many different methods to manage it, including medications, diet, electrical stimulation and surgery.
Our team of pediatric epilepsy professionals
The Valley Hospital's Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit is under the medical direction of Jennifer A. Cope, M.D., a board-certified pediatric neurologist and neurophysiologist who specializes in epilepsy. She is joined by a team of expert technologists and pediatric registered nurses with extensive experience caring for children with neurologic conditions. There is 24-hour coverage by board-certified neurologists.
For more information
Patients are usually scheduled by their referring neurologist or Dr. Cope. For more information about the Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at The Valley Hospital, please call 201-447-8311.