When your child has a neurological condition or needs neurological monitoring, the experts in the Neurophysiology Department at Arkansas Children’s provide highly skilled care.

Our team works with you and your doctor to help diagnose common to complex conditions from headaches to seizures. We also perform a variety of electroencephalogram (EEG) tests to carefully monitor nerve and brain activity for:

  • Neurosurgical and orthopedic procedures
  • Medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy
  • Inpatient critical care for Neonatal, Pediatric and Cardiovascular Intensive Care

We also provide other services, including electromyography (EMG) and evoked potentials tests.

  • Electromyography is a test that records the electrical activity of muscles. This is a way to check the health of the muscles and the nerves that control them.
  • Evoked potentials tests measure the electrical activity in the brain in response to sensory stimulation such as sight, sound or touch.

Our team of 14 experts is highly skilled in providing the most advanced neurophysiological care. 

Check Symptoms

The neurophysiology team works with your child’s doctors and surgeons by performing highly specialized tests to make an accurate diagnosis of your child’s specific condition, whether it is headaches or a rare genetic disorder.

Possible Conditions

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Meet the Team

Families have enough to manage when a child needs specialized care. That’s why the pediatric neurophysiology team at Arkansas Children’s delivers a personal, high-quality experience tailored to each patient and their family.  

As the only pediatric Neuroscience Center in Arkansas, our skilled neurophysiology specialists are part of a multidisciplinary neurological team. Together, we have the expertise to diagnose, treat and monitor a wide range of neurological conditions — from headaches to seizures, from common to the most complex. No matter the condition, we work collaboratively to deliver seamless, compassionate care.

Our neurophysiology team has the skill to expertly monitor nerve and brain activity for your child – because we have the experience and specialized training needed. Advanced certifications of our team include:

  • Neurophysiological intraoperative monitoring (CNIM®)
  • Registered electroencephalographic technologist (R.EEG.T)
  • Electroencephalographic technologist (EEG.T)

Contact Information

To make an appointment or schedule a neurophysiology test, please contact the Neurophysiology Appointment Center at 501-364-4000 or fax the Referred Patient Requisition/Order/Referral form to 501-364-5440.

Locations

Our technicians and nurses partner with your child’s care team to determine the best course of action and to closely monitor your child during surgery and treatment.

Possible Treatments

What to Expect During an Electroencephalogram (EEG)

If your child is coming to Arkansas Children’s for an electroencephalogram (EEG), you may have some questions about how to prepare for your visit. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Children under 1 year of age have no special instructions.
  • Children between the ages of 1 and 4 must skip any naps they usually take on the day of their EEG.
  • Children older than 4-years-old must come to the hospital sleep deprived, having had no more than 4 to 6 hours of sleep the night before the test.
  • Do not let your child fall asleep as you travel to the hospital for your appointment.
  • Bring any item that will make your child more comfortable during the exam, like a blanket or a favorite toy.
  • Your child can eat and drink the day of the exam, but please limit sugar and caffeine intake.

Clinical Trials & Research

The neurophysiology team at Arkansas Children’s is actively involved in research to find the best treatments for pediatric neurophysiological conditions. Our technicians take part in local, national and global investigations of new and existing treatments. This means your child has access to the most advanced care available, including the opportunity to participate in clinical trials when appropriate. The research activities of our team include:

Industry-Sponsored Studies

Use of ZX008 to treat Dravet Syndrome. A multicenter, randomized, double-blind, parallel group, placebo-controlled trial of two fixed doses of ZX008 (Fenfluramine Hydrochloride) oral solution as an adjunctive therapy in children and young adults with Dravet syndrome.

Use of perampanel oral suspension in children with certain seizures. An open-label, multicenter study with an extension phase to evaluate the safety, tolerability, and exposure-efficacy relationship of perampanel oral suspension when administered as an adjunctive therapy in pediatric subjects (age 4 to less than 12 years) with inadequately controlled partial-onset seizures or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

Use of perampanel for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. A multicenter, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial with an open-label extension phase of perampanel as adjunctive treatment in subjects at least 2 years of age with inadequately controlled seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome.

Use of cannabidiol in patients with Tuberous Sclerosis. Use of SAGE-547 for super-refractory status epilepticus. The STATUS Trial to evaluate SAGE-547, an investigational medication for super-refractory status epilepticus (SRSE).

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