Checkup 13: Treating epilepsy

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In this month's Checkup 13, we are focusing on epilepsy.

It is a diagnosis that Abby Brown feared would mean dramatic changes to her life; like no driving and no pregnancy, but she has worked carefully with her doctors to manage her medications. Now, her first child is due in June.

Her neurologist, Dr. Kate Kobza, said the treatment advancements are dramatic and many people with epilepsy are unaware of their options.

"When I was in training 15 years ago we didn't talk to women about any of these things we didn't understand a lot of these things and we didn't have very many medicines to offer that would even be considered safe. Over the last 10 to 15 years we've studied things we've learned a lot and we have so many medicines that are so much safer for women and for babies that it's really exciting that a lot more women can feel confident that they will have a good outcome if they are working with their neurologist and their O.B.G.Y.N.," said Kobza.

If you or a loved one has epilepsy you are invited to talk with the experts at St. Vincent and learn about the latest treatments for children and adults. The free seminars are in Indianapolis and Kokomo.

You can register by clicking here, or call 1-866-U-CHECK-13 (824-3251).