At Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Neuroscience Institute, our team of epilepsy specialists uses sophisticated diagnostic tests to determine what is causing your seizures. We then work with you to find the therapies that best manage your symptoms so you can focus on enjoying life.
Sometimes epilepsy is caused by a medical condition, such as a traumatic brain injury. Other times, the cause is unknown.
People experience seizures differently. Common symptoms include:
Our specialists have many years of experience caring for patients with epilepsy. We consider your medical history and any life experiences that may put you at higher risk for epilepsy, such as illegal substance use or repeated head injuries from sports. After a thorough physical examination, your physician may recommend one or more tests, including:
If your seizures persist after trying multiple treatments, your physician may ask you to undergo advanced testing in our Epilepsy Monitoring Unit so we can learn more about your symptoms. At this unit, located at Allegheny General Hospital, you receive care from dedicated nurses and doctors who are trained in epilepsy.
We use sophisticated technology, such as EEG and video EEG, to record as much detail as possible about your seizures, in a safe and controlled environment. You may stay in this unit for two to five days, in a private, comfortable room that has a flat-screen TV and other accommodations.
We use the latest treatments, which may include medication, surgery, or both. Your care team will tailor a treatment plan that addresses your needs. Our goal is to find therapies that manage your symptoms and maximize your quality of life.
We may recommend one or more of these treatments:
Medications effectively control seizures for two-thirds of people with epilepsy. Your physician will work closely with you to determine the right medication and dosage for you.
We participate in multiple research efforts that pursue new treatments for epilepsy. We can offer our patients the latest treatments, such as new medications, before they are widely available.
Our fellowship-trained surgeons have expertise in performing intricate surgical procedures to treat patients whose symptoms are not controlled with medications. Our advanced testing helps us understand which part of the brain causes your seizures, so we can choose a surgical approach that is more likely to be effective.
Surgical treatment options include:
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