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Controlling epilepsy and seizures for better quality of life

Epilepsy is among the most commonly diagnosed seizure disorders, affecting more than 2.5 million Americans. It is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. While epileptic seizures are generally associated with loss of consciousness and convulsions, there are other types of seizures with symptoms that are not as obvious, including changes in taste or smell, altered emotional state and unusual overall feeling.   


Treating epilepsy

Although epilepsy has been known since ancient times (Julius Caesar had it), there is no gold-standard treatment option and it usually is not curable. Rather, neurologists on our medical staff focus on controlling seizures by helping patients identify and avoid certain triggers. There also is a wide range of medications available to treat epilepsy.

For epilepsy that cannot be controlled through medication and lifestyle changes, certain procedures may help, including:

  • Temporal and extratemporal resection, surgery to remove a small part of the brain
  • Lesionectomy, an operation to remove a damaged area of the brain
  • ​Vagus nerve stimulation, a procedure to stablize the brain's electrical activity
  • Clinical trials (when appropriate)​

Specialized care centers

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Baylor Scott & White Neuroscie​nce Insti​tute Epilepsy Center
The Baylor 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.
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.
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