Epilepsy and other seizure disorders are diseases of the central nervous system. They are characterized by recurring convulsions and loss of consciousness as uncontrolled waves of electrical discharges sweep through the brain. In most cases, the cause is unknown.
Fortunately, modern medicine has advanced to the point where most people with these disorders can lead normal, active lives. The medical staff at Mary Greeley Medical Center offers a wide range of treatment options to adult and pediatric patients with these disorders. Our team approach involves:
- Evaluation and treatment by our board-certified neurologists. This includes developing a long-term care plan with inpatient or outpatient electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring, which allows our trained staff to observe seizure events and study the patient's brain waves.
- Various tests, in addition to the EEG, can help pinpoint seizure disorders. These include neuropsychological testing and SPECT scanning, a high-tech imaging procedure.
- Surgical intervention when appropriate. There are a number of surgical options available to a person suffering with these conditions.
- Opportunities to participate in clinical trials for treatment options.
Our physicians and nurses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for people with a seizure disorder. A neurologist trained in the treatment of epilepsy is a member of this care team.