Epilepsy and Seizure Center

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, part of the WSU and Premier Health’s Neuroscience InstituteOff Site Icon, provides advanced diagnosis and management for patients with epilepsy

Miami Valley Hospital’s Comprehensive, Level 3 Epilepsy Center provides advanced diagnosis and management for patients with epilepsy. Our neurosciences team of specialists include board-certified and experienced neurosurgeons, neurologists, interventional neurologists, and neurocritical care neurologists who collaborate to provide care and treatment options  with the goal of improving the quality of life. We combine a patient-centered approach with advanced technology, research and expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes. Premier Health provides convenient access to the region’s top neurologists at multiple locations throughout Southwest Ohio

Diagnosing Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition affecting the brain, and is characterized by seizures. Some people have seizures but not epilepsy, however, those who have epilepsy experience different types of seizures.

The cause of epilepsy is largely unknown, but may be linked to brain injury or brain illnesses such as neurocysticercosis, a parasitic infection. Stroke may also be related to epilepsy, as might a lack of oxygen during birth, Down Syndrome or Alzheimer’s disease.  .

An epilepsy diagnosis may begin by examining the frequency of seizures and the kind of seizures. Those with epilepsy have had more than two seizures of varying type. Types of seizures are:

  • Generalized tonic-clonic seizures - These seizures affect both parts of the brain. Some types of generalized seizures include absence (petit mal) seizures and tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures  
  • Focal (partial) seizures - These seizures are localized in the brain. Types of focal seizures include complex focal seizures, secondary generalized seizures, and simple focal seizures  

Diagnosing epilepsy will involve a physical examination and a discussion with your doctor about the seizure or seizures you’ve experienced. A definitive diagnosis will come after observation and testing. The diagnostic methods may include an electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, or a positron emission tomography (PET/CT) scan.

Treating Epilepsy

There is no cure for epilepsy, but there are a number of mostly non-invasive treatment options that can help you manage your condition and lead an active, healthy life.

At the Epilepsy Center, there are several non-invasive treatment methods for epilepsy that we use. Types of epilepsy include:

  • Idiopathic generalized epilepsy – genetic and characterized by generalized tonic-clonic seizures
  • Idiopathic partial epilepsy – a mild type, is common and children and can have a family history
  • Symptomatic generalized epilepsy – mostly characterized by massive brain damage; the patient experiences seizures and other neurological conditions
  • Symptomatic partial epilepsy – the most common type, occurring in adults and characterized by local damage to the brain

Treatment options include medication, surgery, and nutrition, specifically a ketogenic diet that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates and calories. We strive to provide comprehensive care and assessment to find the treatment that is best for you.

Medical Treatment for Epilepsy

Our specialists offer advanced diagnostic procedures and conventional epilepsy medications, as well as access to investigational medications (drugs not yet available from the pharmacy). Pharmaceuticals are common treatments, as they can be  effective in reducing seizures for most patients.  

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

When a patient’s diagnosis is unclear, or if a patient does not respond to anti-seizure medications, Premier Health’s advanced epilepsy monitoring unit can assist physicians in making an accurate diagnosis. The unit offers 24-hour intensive monitoring with computer-assisted video EEG (electroencephalogram), provided by trained EEG technologists. 

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Surgical Treatment for Epilepsy

When medications alone aren’t enough to get complete relief from seizures, surgery or a vagus nerve stimulator may be options. Premier Health is experienced in performing a complete range of epilepsy surgical procedures, including temporal lobectomy and other surgeries that involve removing the area of the brain where seizures originate. We also perform procedures such as focal resections, hemispherectomy and corpus callosotomy.  Our team implants devices such as the vagus nerve stimulator to help reduce the number and intensity of seizures. 

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Neurophysiology Laboratory

The neurophysiology laboratory offers video electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, adult and neonatal outpatient EEG, as well as adult visual, auditory, and somatosensory evoked potentials. 

Offered through: Miami Valley Hospital

Clinical Trials and Research

Premier Health’s epilepsy specialists participate in clinical trials and research to advance treatments for epilepsy and other seizure disorders. 

Offered through: Miami Valley HospitalAtrium Medical CenterUpper Valley Medical Center

Your Epilepsy Team

Premier Health’s fellowship-trained and board-certified epilepsy specialists use their extensive training and experience to help patients understand and manage epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Our specially trained nurses and technologists collaborate with our physicians to ensure patients receive personalized, compassionate care. Find a Physician.

Preparing for Epilepsy Treatments 

Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about epilepsy treatments and neurosciences. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for a surgery, and much more.

Content Updated: July 17, 2018

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