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What is invasive EEG implantation for kids with tuberous sclerosis (TSC)?

Dr. Aria Fallah, MD
Neurosurgeon

For children with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), doctors may do invasive electroencephalogram (EEG) implantation. This is surgery to implant a grid of electrodes on top of the brain. Once this is done, children come to the intensive care unit (ICU), where doctors hook them up to a monitor and try to record as many seizures as possible. That usually tells doctors where exactly the seizures are coming from with much more precision. Doctors can also do brain mapping, where they can figure out where exactly the motor area of the brain is, the sensory area, the language area and make sure that any area to be removed does not involve those important areas of the brain.

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