Diagnosing epilepsy sooner

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Children at Chelsea Children’s Hospital with suspected or complex epilepsy are now being diagnosed earlier and more accurately thanks to a new video EEG telemetry camera, funded by Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity.

As Maria Kinali, Consultant Paediatric Neurologist, explains: “This technology enables us to safely monitor a child’s brainwaves without the need for sedation or anaesthetic, and allows us to record their behaviour and movement at the same time, whilst awake or asleep.

“This means we can carry out a thorough analysis of their brain activity, leading to a more reliable diagnosis. The service is provided in a calm and child-friendly environment where we aim to give children and their families a timely and definitive diagnosis for neurological conditions – such as epilepsy.”

Iona Rourke, a parent whose child has benefited from the service, adds: "The team were very professional and took the time to explain the procedures of the EEG. They were also hugely reassuring to us all and made what could have been a traumatic experience as relaxed as possible.”