Epilepsy Diagnosis & Management

Our comprehensive Epilepsy Program is committed to delivering world-class care for patients with epilepsy by providing accurate diagnosis and unmatched clinical management, using state-of-the-art techniques and approaches. Only a few medical centers in the United States provide the range of care for epilepsy that is available here.

Our team of physicians and medical professionals provide a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and management of seizure disorders and epilepsy. Our epilepsy team includes board-certified epileptologists, an epilepsy neurosurgeon, neuroradiologists, a neuropsychologist, and a dedicated team of nurses and technologists.

We provide the following diagnostic tests for epilepsy:

What Is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a condition that affects the central nervous system and can make a person susceptible to recurrent seizures, abnormal behavior, or even loss of awareness. The actual manifestation can vary widely from one person to another.

It’s important to understand the symptoms to know if you should get tested for epilepsy. One out of every 26 people has epilepsy. It can affect people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds, both male and female. More than three million people in the United States have epilepsy, which makes it one of the most common nervous system disorders, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Epilepsy Symptoms

Epilepsy manifests differently for each person and does not always include convulsions, which makes it difficult to diagnose. In fact, there are other diseases and conditions that can trigger seizures in adults and children. 

In addition to seizures, some of the most common signs of epilepsy include:  

  • short periods where someone blacks out or doesn’t remember what happened,
  • feeling dazed or not responding to people around them,
  • clumsy behavior like stumbling or sudden falls,
  • unusual, repetitive movements (may seem like “ticks”), such as rapid blinking or head nods
  • frequent sudden stomach pain followed by sleepiness or confusion,
  • sleeping more than normal and acting irritable when woken up,
  • complaints about things that taste, smell, feel, look, or sound weird,
  • fear or anger that comes seemingly out of nowhere, and
  • repeated “jackknife” movements while sitting or grabbing movements with both arms while lying down (most commonly occurs in babies).

Recognizing epilepsy in children and babies can be especially difficult because many of the signs are similar to normal childhood behaviors, but if these things happen often or seem unusual you should talk to your child’s doctor. For school-age children, you can also discuss your concerns with teachers and have them alert you to anything unusual. 

If you notice any signs of epilepsy in yourself or in your child, schedule an appointment with a neurological specialist to get tested for the condition.

Request a Consultation: Surgical Treatment

An estimated three million people in the United States have epilepsy; approximately one third of these patients do not respond to treatment with medications, and, unfortunately, the possibility of obtaining seizure freedom is lessened with each additional medication trial. Surgery can be a safe and highly effective alternative to excessive medication management.

Research has shown that surgical treatment of epilepsy consistently provides the best outcomes. We recommend that these patients with hard-to-treat cases of epilepsy, be evaluated by an epilepsy specialist.

Refer a patient for surgical treatment.