Journal article

Establishing criteria for pediatric epilepsy surgery center levels of care: Report from the ILAE Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Task Force

William D Gaillard, Nathalie Jette, Susan T Arnold, Alexis Arzimanoglou, Kees PJ Braun, Arthur Cukiert, Alexander Dick, A Simon Harvey, Julia Jacobs, Bertil Rydenhag, Vrajesh Udani, Jo M Wilmshurst, J Helen Cross, Prasanna Jayakar

Epilepsia | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Presurgical evaluation and surgery in the pediatric age group are unique in challenges related to caring for the very young, range of etiologies, choice of appropriate investigations, and surgical procedures. Accepted standards that define the criteria for levels of presurgical evaluation and epilepsy surgery care do not exist. Through a modified Delphi process involving 61 centers with experience in pediatric epilepsy surgery across 20 countries, including low-middle- to high-income countries, we established consensus for two levels of care. Levels were based on age, etiology, complexity of presurgical evaluation, and surgical procedure. Competencies were assigned to the levels of care rela..

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