Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

Epilepsy in children

Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system and affects people of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. It is a neurological condition affecting nearly 3 million people in the United States alone, including many children. The condition makes people more susceptible to having seizures. When a person has two or more seizures, he or she is considered to have epilepsy.

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Beaumont Children's offers a range of pediatric epilepsy treatment and monitoring services for infants, children and teens with seizures or epilepsy. The clinic offers comprehensive seizure evaluations and schedules tests, including:

  • MRIs
  • PET scans
  • SPECT scans
  • Functional MRIs
  • Magnetic EEGs (MEGs)
  • EEGs (for those with mild to complex forms of epilepsy)

As an accredited Level 4 epilepsy center, one of only forty-two pediatric-specific sites in the country, our pediatric epilepsy team works collaboratively with a highly-trained, multidisciplinary team of specialists, including pediatric neurosurgery, ophthalmology, radiology and physical, occupational and speech therapy. With the unpredictability of epilepsy and the challenge it can present to some families, the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides resources and guidance for parents and caregivers in a single location

Our comprehensive clinic will evaluate and treat pediatric patients with new-onset, intractable and/or early life epilepsy and provides the following services:

  • pharmacologic management of medically refractory epilepsy
  • epilepsy dietary program with specialized pediatric epilepsy dietitians 
  • dietary changes for seizure patients who do not respond to medication
  • neuropsychological testing
  • neurogenetic evaluation and counseling
  • headache and migraine therapies
  • vagus nerve management of devices that are implanted to reduce seizure frequency
  • surgical evaluation
  • clinical trials

Diagnostic services

  • EEG
  • Video EEG
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
  • sEEG (intraoperative)

Surgical services

  • intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring
  • stereoencephalography (sEEG)
  • responsive neurostimulation (RNS)
  • vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
  • deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • visualase laser ablation for pediatric epilepsy surgery or brain tumor removal, including Hypothalamic Hamartomas
  • epilepsy surgery including hemispherectomy, localized brain resection and corpus callosotomy

Meet the Team

The following pediatric epileptologists and neurologists, with additional epilepsy and EEG training and expertise, participate in Beaumont's Pediatric Epilepsy Clinic:

Daniel Arndt, M.D., MA, FACNS, FAES
Section Chief, Pediatric Neurology
Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program, Beaumont Children's

Tarif Bakdash, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Movement Disorders
Director, Behavioral Sleep Disorders

Danielle Nolan, M.D.
Director, Tuberous Sclerosis Program
Director, Pediatric Neurogenetics

Alexandra Shaw, M.D.
Director, Epilepsy Dietary Program
Director, Pediatric Neurology Education

Gary Trock, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Sleep Program

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