Our team of expert health care professionals is specifically trained to care for the unique needs of children suffering from developmental, behavioral or neurological disorders. Our vast array of team members work together to form a cohesive unit that specializes in providing each young patient the individualized care they need.
We have developmental pediatricians, neurologists and neurosurgeons on hand to treat any neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders including:
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Physicians at University of Missouri Children’s Hospital have an advanced way of monitoring young patients who suffer from seizures. The expanded Epilepsy Monitoring Unit allows medical teams to study a patient’s brain waves and seizure activity in real time, on site.
Epilepsy is a disease of the central nervous system in which electrical signals of the brain misfire, causing temporary communication problems between nerve cells and leading to seizures. Seizure monitoring is critical in accurate diagnosis and treatment for each patient.
What to expect
A patient in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit has continuous video electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring. Real-time results are relayed to a viewing station, where teams of health care providers watch for brain activity, before during and after a seizure.
The unit allows patients to be tested under the supervision of specialized technicians and nurses, creating a safe and controlled environment for each patient. In addition to monitoring patients with epilepsy, the technology can help MU physicians identify causes of unexplained sleep apnea in young children, as well as other seizure disorders.
The hospital stays will range depending on the patient’s condition. Most monitoring will last between one day and up to a week.