Children with epilepsy may need a wide range of care depending on the type of seizures they experience. The Epilepsy Program at Riley at IU Health can help your family manage your child’s epilepsy. The program will work to find treatments that will control or reduce his or her seizures. We diagnose and manage new onset epilepsy. We are experts in hard-to-treat intractable epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Program uses a wide range of expert knowledge to treat all types of epilepsy. These range from the most common to more rare forms, including epilepsy caused by:
Our board certified pediatric neurologists are trained to treat epilepsy and seizures. They work with doctors and nurses who are specialists in general pediatric neurology, neurosurgery and nutrition. They will work together to find the best treatment for your child.
We provide families education and training in managing epilepsy. We also educate families on using dietary therapies, including the modified Atkins and ketogenic diets. We offer a dietary therapy service on the third Tuesday of each month. There is a seizure management class on Tuesday mornings.
The program partners with the neurosurgery team at Riley at IU Health. This provides Indiana's only comprehensive pediatric epilepsy surgery program. Riley Children's Health and IU Health also house the state's only Level 4 comprehensive epilepsy program.
We are working with the neurosurgery team at IU Health to create a neurology-neurosurgery program. This program—along with a multidisciplinary epilepsy surgery conference—will evaluate refractory epilepsy patients for potential epilepsy surgery.
We provide a five-bed monitoring unit to study patients and gain more information about their seizures. Patients who are being evaluated for surgery may also stay in this unit. The epilepsy specialists (epileptologists) use prolonged video electroencephalogram (EEG) to better understand each patient’s seizure type and epilepsy syndrome. This information assists your child's neurologist in making appropriate treatment decisions.
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Epilepsy Program services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our program.
Learn more about the experienced pediatric epilepsy doctors at Riley at IU Health.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
The Epilepsy Program at Riley at IU Health has curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
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The Epilepsy Program sees patients by physician referral. We provide referring doctors with detailed patient reports and want to build a rapport so patients can transition back to their referring doctors after we provide care. Referring physicians continue to manage their patients' care, including resuming care following epilepsy surgery if indicated. Our goal is to work collaboratively to improve outcomes for epilepsy patients.Refer A Patient
The Epilepsy Program is a teaching center where medical students and residents receive training in child neurology. Medical students and residents rotate through the program. Residents gain experience in performing EEG readings. Fellows in the adult neurophysiology program also work closely with the Epilepsy Program at Riley at IU Health.