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Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder that affects more than 2.5 million Americans. The disease is characterized by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that causes unpredictable, recurrent seizures. With appropriate diagnosis, comprehensive care and treatment, seizures can be greatly reduced in many patients and sometimes even eliminated.

Epilepsy Center at St.Vincent

The Epilepsy Center at the St.Vincent Neuroscience Institute specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders, offering state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment for the management of epilepsy in adults, teens and children. The goal is to diagnosis and classify a person's seizure or epilepsy type so the best treatment can be developed.

Because an accurate diagnosis is critical, the most advanced diagnostic technology that's available to classify and determine the cause of a seizure or epilepsy, including:

  • Digital, long-term video EEG monitoring and a dedicated in-hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Unit for around-the-clock evaluation of brain activity and physical movements.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with advanced imaging techniques for patients with seizures.
  • 24-hour ambulatory EEG monitoring, a portable device that records brain activity.
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) that provides an image of the metabolic state of the brain.
  • Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to track blood flow through the brain to identify the location of seizure activity.

At the Epilepsy Center, patients benefit from the multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals including:

  • Neurologists specializing in epilepsy
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Registered EEG technologists with experience and training in video EEG monitoring

The specialists evaluate and treat a broad spectrum of seizure and epilepsy patients, including patients with:

  • New onset seizures
  • Well-controlled epilepsy
  • Epileptic seizures that have not responded to medical treatments
  • Medical conditions that mimic epileptic seizures
  • Non-epileptic seizures