Overview of Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder involving recurrent seizures. It is one of the most common disorders involving the brain, affecting people regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 2.7 million Americans are affected by this condition.
The goal of seizure management is to control, stop or decrease the frequency of the seizures without interfering with the normal activities of daily living. The purpose of treatment of epilepsy and seizures is to identify the type of seizure, use the least amount of medicine to control seizures, maintain healthy medicine levels and to avoid triggers to a seizure.
Treatment plans for patients will be determined by their care team based on age, medical history, type and stage of epilepsy and seizures and personal preferences. Options may include:
- Temporal and extratemporal resection
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation
Clinical Trials (when appropriate)
Specialized Care Centers for Epilepsy
Scott & White Neuroscience Institute Epilepsy Center
The Scott & White Neuroscience Institute Epilepsy Center has the prestigious designation as a National Association of Epilepsy Center and offers advanced epilepsy treatment.
The comprehensive Epilepsy Center provides both inpatient and outpatient diagnostic evaluations of epilepsy and offers options for the appropriate course of treatment.
Contact the Scott & White Neuroscience Institute at 254.724.4179.
Epilepsy Program at Baylor Neuroscience Center
The Epilepsy Program at the Baylor Neuroscience Center is a comprehensive program for the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of seizure disorders. A technologically advanced six-bed inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) offers numerous diagnostic and monitoring options.
At the Baylor Neuroscience Center EMU, patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and nuclear medicine specialists on the medical staff, EEG technologists, and specially trained nurses and allied health professionals.