Epilepsy is a brain condition characterized by repetitive, spontaneous seizures. The seizures may appear in many ways, from a brief muscle jerk, to confusion and unresponsiveness, to generalized shaking and loss of consciousness. Epilepsy currently affects an estimated 3 million Americans. At The George Washington University Hospital Epilepsy Center, specialists use a variety of diagnosis and treatment techniques to provide personalized care for those living with epilepsy.
Quick, Personalized Diagnosis
At GW Hospital, the specialists understand treatments should also be personalized. To accurately and effectively make a diagnosis, the GW Epilepsy Center provides inpatient and outpatient facilities equipped with imaging and electroencephalogram (EEG) technologies to map out the locations of abnormal brain activity. The center also offers 24-hour video-EEG monitoring of seizures, so patients can quickly receive a diagnosis and begin treatment.
Continuous video-EEG monitoring is the gold standard for identifying episodes as either epileptic or non-epileptic. This is an important early step in the management of seizures or seizure-like episodes because people may have seizures for reasons unrelated to epilepsy, such as irregular heart rhythm or psychological stress. The video-EEG unit is also indispensable for patients whose seizures do not respond to antiepileptic medications because it helps identify which part of the brain is producing seizures. This information is essential for those patients and physicians making decisions about possible epilepsy surgery.
Variety of Treatment Options
Therapies offered at GW Hospital include medications and several surgical approaches. Your physician will decide the appropriate treatment for you based on your individual diagnosis.
The GW Epilepsy Center medical staff includes a variety of accomplished neurological professionals including: neurologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neuropathologists, nurses, rehabilitation specialists and social workers. All of these specialists work together to help those with epilepsy and other seizure disorders live productive and independent lives.