Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from some form of epilepsy, a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. The fear of recurring seizures can cause patients to avoid venturing far from home, pulling back from new situations and even favorite activities.
Most seizure disorders can be treated with medication, but 20-30% of patients with epilepsy do not respond well to drugs. Tri-City Medical Center's Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) offers other types of treatment for them. In our EMU patients are continuously monitored for three to four days at a time, measuring the brain's electrical activity through electroencephalogram (EEG).
Neurology physicians called epileptologists evaluate the patient using advanced technology. The epileptologist is able to definite the type of seizure, localize the area of the brain where it begins, and develop specialized treatment plans.
Accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plans help patients leave the unit more confident in their ability to manage seizures.
For more information, call 760-940-7284.