Epilepsy monitoring unit: Testing with video EEG

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Find out what happens when your child is admitted for a video EEG in the epilepsy monitoring unit.

Key points

  • A session in the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) lasts three to five days and allows your child's team to record their brain activity and behaviour during a seizure.
  • During the session, your child will be asked to do different activities while EEG electrodes on their scalp are attached to a special video EEG machine.
  • Your child will be carefully monitored by their care team. You can also stay with your child in the EMU.
  • You can discuss the EMU results with your child's doctor about four to six weeks after the session.
Last updated: October 10th 2017