Complete care for comorbidities with epilepsy
Understanding the cause of a patient’s epilepsy and where in the brain the seizures occur, is the first step in recognizing comorbidities or potential comorbidities. It also can impact the patient from childhood through their adult years. The range is wide and the affects run from mild to severe, and can be major roadblocks for the ongoing success of treatment.
Comorbidities can be extreme, involving everything from development, to behavior, to movement disorders, cognition and more. Left untreated, comorbidities can become very costly to the patient and family, and place a burden on society. For that reason, the team here at Cook Children’s understands the importance of addressing them as early as possible in the child’s treatment and provide care throughout the patient’s life in case new conditions arise.
Our team goes well beyond epileptology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery. Caring for patients with severe forms of epilepsy, such as Dravet Syndrome, requires a program of care that goes well beyond treating seizures. We begin working with patients and their families as early as possible. We also treat young adults with severe epilepsy, who may also present with dystonia, and autism. Our comprehensive team includes pediatric specialists from: