In the United States, about 2 million people have epilepsy, including 300,000 children under the age of 14.

To determine if your child has the condition, a team of doctors and other medical professionals at the UCSF Epilepsy Center will assess your child's medical condition and determine the type of seizures your child is having. This information is essential in determining the best treatment for your child.

The first step is documenting your child's medical history as well as your immediate family's medical history. We will ask many questions about what occurs when your child has a seizure. Some of the questions will include:

  • How old was your child when the seizures began?
  • Describe what happened when your child had his or her first seizure.
  • Does anything in particular seem to trigger your child's seizures?
  • What does your child experience during seizures?
  • What do observers notice during the seizures?
  • How long do the seizures last?
  • How frequently do they occur?
  • What treatments have been administered for seizures and what were the results?

If your child's primary care doctor has sent your child's medical records, we will review this information. Be sure to tell the neurologist about any medications your child is currently taking, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements or herbal remedies.

Neurological Exam

Your child will also have a complete neurological examination. This may include scheduling for certain tests, such as:

Reviewed by health care specialists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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UCSF Clinics & Centers

Pediatric Brain Center

Pediatric Epilepsy Center of Excellence
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2437
Fax: (415) 353-2400
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Neurosurgery Clinic
1825 Fourth St., Fifth Floor, 5A
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-7500
Fax: (415) 353-2889
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