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Epilepsy surgery: invasive monitoring for epilepsy surgery, nursing management

This guideline is intended to guide and facilitate the care of patients under the care of the clinical teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOSH). It has been approved by the Guideline Approval Group and is for use by staff of all disciplines and levels in these health care teams. The guidance contained here in is not intended to replace individual assessment and personalised treatment of the patient.

Surgery for epilepsy

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has had a programme for surgery for treating epilepsy in children since 1992. GOSH has the facilities needed for the investigations, tests and treatment your child may need. These facilities are specifically for children and the specialists who use them have many years’ experience of children with epilepsy.

MIBG scan

An MIBG scan is used to look for uncontrolled or abnormal cell growth in the body. It works by injecting a substance called an isotope into your child’s veins. The MIBG scan is named after the chemical ‘iodine-131-metaiodobenzylguanidine’ or MIBG for short, to which the isotope is attached.

Head injuries

Head injuries may involve the scalp, the skull, the brain or its protective membranes.This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains the effects that a head injury can have on a child. It also sets out the treatment and care of any complications following a head injury.