An estimated 3 million Americans suffer from some form of epilepsy, a medical condition that produces seizures that affect a variety of mental and physical functions of the body. The fear of recurring seizures can cause patients to avoid venturing far from home, negatively affecting their ability to live the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to.
Most seizure disorders can be treated with medication, but 20 to 30 percent of patients with epilepsy do not respond well to drugs. Tri-City Medical Center’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) offers our patients a variety of treatment options such as (EEG). EMU patients are continuously monitored for three to four days at a time, measuring the brain’s electrical activity through electroencephalogram (EEG).
Neurology physicians, more commonly referred to as epileptologists evaluate the patient using advanced technology. The epileptologist is able to define the type of seizure, localize the area of the brain where it begins, and develop specialized treatment plans.
Accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plans assist patients in feeling more confident in their ability to manage seizures.
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