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Seizures Specialist

Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology

Pediatric Neurologist & Adolescent Neurologist located in Rocklin, CA & Sacramento, CA

Seizures occur when there’s a disruption in your brain’s electrical activity. They’re quite common, especially in children. At Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology, board-certified pediatric neurologist Ashutosh Raina, MD, and his team specialize in seizures and use advanced diagnostic testing and treatments to manage the abnormal brain rhythms. To schedule an evaluation, contact the office in Rocklin or Sacramento, California, by phone or request one online today.

Seizures Q & A

What are seizures?

Seizures occur when there’s abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures may go virtually unnoticed or, in severe cases, produce a change or loss of consciousness and involuntary muscle spasms called convulsions. 

Seizures usually come on suddenly and vary in duration and severity. A seizure may be a one-time event, or you may have seizures repeatedly. 

Recurrent seizures are called epilepsy or a seizure disorder. Less than 1 in 10 who has a seizure develops epilepsy.

What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a chronic medical condition marked by recurrent epileptic seizures. An epileptic seizure is an event of altered brain function caused by abnormal or excessive electrical discharges from the brain cells. 

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurologic disorders, affecting 1% of the US population. 

How are seizures diagnosed?

Dr. Raina and his team at Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology conduct a number of neurological tests to diagnose seizures and epilepsy. You should have your child evaluated by the pediatric neurology specialist even if there has been only one seizure.

During the exam, Dr. Raina and his team review symptoms and your child’s medical and family history, and conduct a neurological exam. He may also recommend bloodwork and diagnostic imaging to confirm or rule out a suspected cause of your child’s seizure activity. All requested tests are performed at the office. 

To evaluate the electrical activity in your child’s brain, Dr. Raina offers in-office electroencephalogram (EEG testing). During the test, small metal discs with thin wires (electrodes) are placed on your child’s scalp, and the signals are recorded on a computer.

In addition to the regular EEG performed at the office, Dr. Raina also offers a 24-hour ambulatory EEG, which allows for take-home video testing.

Normal electrical activity in the brain makes a recognizable pattern, and the team uses the EEG to look for abnormal patterns that indicate seizures or dysfunctions. The team performs the EEG at the office. 

How are seizures treated?

Dr. Raina develops individualized treatment plans for the management of seizures based on the frequency and severity of abnormal brain activity. Treatment may not be necessary if the seizure was a one-time event.

However, if your child has epilepsy, Dr. Raina may prescribe anti-seizure medication to help control seizure activity. If medication isn’t effective against the seizures, Dr. Raina can talk to you about other treatments, such as surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, or diet therapy.

To schedule a consultation to have your child evaluated, call Center of Excellence in Pediatric Neurology or request an appointment online today.