Epilepsy

Pediatric Epilepsy: Effect of Treatment on Healthcare Utilization

Hospitalization Rates in Surgically Treated Pediatric Epilepsy Patients (N = 162)

2009 – 2018

Healthcare utilization improved significantly with epilepsy surgery. The number of hospitalizations decreased from a mean of 0.46 in the 3 months preceding surgery to a mean of 0.04 after surgery (P < 0.001), a 91% reduction in frequency of hospitalizations. N = pediatric patients with at least 6 months of follow-up. Mean duration of follow-up was 18 months.

Emergency Room Visits in Surgically Treated Pediatric Epilepsy Patients (N = 160)

2009 – 2018

There was a significant reduction in the frequency of emergency room visits, from a mean of 0.27 visits in the 3 months preceding surgery to 0.07 after surgery (P = 0.018), a 74% reduction in frequency of emergency room visits. N = pediatric patients with at least 6 months of follow-up. Mean duration of follow-up was 18 months.