Follow-up EEGs matter

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During and after your child's treatment for IS, your doctor will likely order additional electroencephalograms (EEGs). This method of monitoring is a very important way of evaluating the treatment's success.

It is possible for your child's spasms to stop during treatment but for hypsarrhythmia to continue. Follow-up EEGs provide the only way to be sure that both of the goals of treatment—stopping the spasms and hypsarrhythmia—are met.

What you should know

If your child's doctor recommends follow-up EEGs, don't be alarmed. This is a normal standard of care. As your child's advocate, you are also able to ask your doctor about follow-up EEGs and other monitoring at any time.

You might ask:

  • How will I know if my child's treatment is working?
  • Do you perform follow-up EEGs even if my child’s spasms seem to have stopped?
  • How do I prepare my child for an EEG?

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