Pediatric Epilepsy

The Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) is fully equipped for the complete treatment of complex epilepsy problems in children. This includes two inpatient epilepsy monitoring units, specially trained nurses, pediatric neurologists who specialize in epilepsy, and pediatric neurosurgery.

Epilepsy may affect learning and development in unique ways, and having a child with epilepsy can affect the whole family. Our specialists in pediatric epilepsy and pediatric epilepsy surgery are experienced in all types of epilepsy in children, and are well prepared to help you deal with your child's needs.

Our treatments include:

  • Complex medication management with the aim of controlling seizures as well as minimizing side effects
  • Experimental medication trials
  • Ketogenic and other dietary treatments
  • Epilepsy surgery, including vagus nerve stimulation, focal resection, temporal lobectomy, corpus callosotomy, and hemispherectomy/hemispheric disconnection
  • We also offer some experimental treatments on selected patients with unique problems.

Our team includes nurses, physicians, social workers, physical and other therapists, rehabilitation specialists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, and other specialists who may be helpful in offering the best treatment for each child.

Our philosophy is to treat each child as an individual and each family as a whole, in order to maximize the child's ability to enjoy life and function as independently as possible.

Epilepsy treatment at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

The Epilepsy Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, is a leading institution in the evaluation and treatment of patients with intractable epilepsy.

  • We are a leader in the development of the use of corpus callosotomy as a treatment for intractable seizures.
  • We have a state-of-the-art neuromonitoring unit and an experienced surgical team for challenging epilepsy surgeries.
  • We offer novel medications as part of clinical research studies in pediatric epilepsy.
  • We have a growing vagal nerve stimulator program.
  • Our dietitian is trained to educate parents in using the ketogenic diet therapy approach to epilepsy.
  • We conduct research about the basic mechanisms of epilepsy and the response of the immature brain to traumatic brain injury in the Pediatric Neurosciences laboratories.