Medical Minute 10-25:

By: Vanessa Welch Email
By: Vanessa Welch Email

Six-year-old Logan McKechnie has spent much of her short life in a hospital room. Logan has cerebral palsy and has suffered seizures since she was two. She's tried medications, a part of her brain has even been removed but seizures have not gone away.

"She's been having seizures about once a week now."

Doctors need to record Logan have a seizure before they can recommend a new treatment. Patients play Wii video games to provoke seizures.

"They need to have seizures for us to determine where they're coming from."

The idea is to play hard.

"The most important purpose is to get them tired. We know that if you're very tired, you're more prone to have seizures," Angel W. Hernandez, M.D., medical director of neurology at The Jane and John Justin Neuroscience Center.

When they do have seizures, the kids are hooked up to a video EEG. It's a device that monitors brain activity as the seizures happen. This is the control room where the information is recorded. With standard EEG, patients had to sit still while hooked up to long cords. With this system -- the kids are free to move around -- or just sit and watch TV.

"They keep themselves busy, and we get the information that we need and it's an enjoyable time for them."

Doctor Angel Hernandez says with this wireless technology, his staff has been able to observe seizures in at least 25 percent more patients.

Logan's mom's hoping what doctors learn during this visit will help them design a surgery plan to stop the seizures, and let Logan get back to just being a kid.


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