How Epilepsy Centers Can Help
By Steven Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP
An epilepsy center is an institution offering comprehensive, detailed care for someone with epilepsy and
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). The benefit of going to an epilepsy center for care is that the many different
types of doctors you may need to see are all located under one roof. This may make it easier to get your child’s
appointments handled in a single day.
Different levels and services
Epilepsy centers are categorized by levels depending on the services and the quality of specialized care they
Level 3 and 4 centers provide a variety of treatments, including medications and testing. Level
4 centers also provide epilepsy surgery options. Some also offer dietary suggestions, like use of the ketogenic
diet, the modified Atkins diet, or low glycemic index diet. Dietary changes must be carefully administered,
along with the use of supplements, certain formulations of medications, and frequent blood tests.
If there is no epilepsy center near where you live, you can ask a center if it provides information or advice
over the phone (also known as telemedicine). In addition, you should ask if your local neurologist is willing to
consult with an epilepsy center.
If you want to learn more about epilepsy centers, visit the National Association of
Epilepsy Centers Web site.