The Division of Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine and the Division of Neurology at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles recently began piloting a new procedure that combines an overnight polysomnogram (PSG) sleep study with a full 16-channel electroencephalogram (EEG).

The PSG-EEG study is being conducted in select patients under certain clinical scenarios. The goal: streamline care and reduce the need for two separate hospitalizations to evaluate both sleep-disordered breathing and epilepsy.

“Children with epilepsy frequently also have sleep-disordered breathing, such as obstructive sleep apnea, which can increase their risk of seizures,” says Payal Gu, MD, a child neurologist and sleep medicine physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Traditionally, these studies are ordered independently, but in some situations it makes sense for families and for physicians to combine them.”

Read more about the pilot study on the website of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.