Pediatric Epilepsy Care at NJPNI:

Are you scared to let your child sleep in their bed?
Can you not wait another day to put an end to your child’s seizures?



Innovative technology is bringing forward new possibilities for early diagnosis of pediatric epilepsy, along with effective medical and surgical interventions to treat it.


What is an Epileptologist?

An epileptologist is a neurologist who specializes in the treatment of epilepsy.

Here at NJPNI, Dr. Sanchez-Ortiz specializes in Pediatric Epilepsy and pediatric neurology.
            At our location, we can perform:
                                    – Routine 1 hour EEG
                                    – Ambulatory 24-72 hour EEG

·         EEG (Electroencephalogram) is a test used to evaluate the electrical activity in the brain.
It is noninvasive, with electrodes placed along the scalp.


Does Your Child Qualify for Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)?

VNS prevents seizures by sending regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain via the vagus nerve. It is sometimes referred to as a “pacemaker for the brain”.

A stimulator device is implanted under the skin in the chest. A wire from the device is wound around the vagus nerve in the neck.

·         Our specialists will evaluate if all options have been explored and that the VNS procedure is right for your loved one.


Is Your Child A Possible Epilepsy Surgical Candidate?

Drugs do not cure epilepsy, but they can often control seizures. However, there can be a CURE with surgery in patients who are determined to be surgical candidates after a thorough evaluation. Epilepsy surgery is much safer than living with recurrent seizures.


What is a PRESURGICAL EVALUATION for Epilepsy Surgery?

·        Prolonged inpatient video EEG monitoring
             Surface EEG along with video to capture seizures and their place of origin in the brain.

·         Possible neuroimaging tests include:
          MRI Scan
                   Creates detailed pictures of the structure of the brain
          FDG-PET Scan
                   Uses an injection to measure your child’s brain metabolism & help locate areas of abnormal brain activity and the seizure focus
          MEG Scan
                   New and highly sophisticated test for localizing areas of abnormal brain activity
                        Identify and pinpoint the origin of your child’s epilepsy
                        Painless and non-invasive
                        Performed as outpatient at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ

                     Uses an injection to measure blood flow in the brain and to find the seizure onset zone
          Neuropsychological Evaluation
                   A psychologist will meet with your child to help determine possible cognitive changes
                        after surgery
          Wada Test
                   Evaluates location of speech and memory functions in your child’s brain
                        Performed at RWJ University Hospital

·         Intracranial monitoring:
            Surgically placing electrodes on the surface of the brain to identify the origin of the seizures

These tests will help determine surgical candidacy. They will help define and determine your child’s seizure focus and determine if the seizure focus can be safely removed.


Call for a consult today:

with our Epilepsy Neurosurgeon: Dr. Luke Tomycz
with our Neurologist & Epileptologist: Dr. Sanchez-Ortiz