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Are you facing a diagnosis of seizures or epilepsy? Have you or a loved one been unsuccessfully treated for epilepsy? At OU Medical Center, we know epilepsy is life changing. That's why our highly trained doctors and staff make sure the diagnosis is accurate and complete. And because we're an academic medical center, we have the latest diagnostic and treatment options available for you.
Because we have an Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit as well as the pediatric unit, we can diagnose, treat and possibly even cure epilepsy in patients ranging in age from the the youngest babies to our most aged individuals.
Why should your family choose OU Medical Center's Epilepsy Program?
State-of-the-art Treatments and Testing
Treatments for epilepsy have expanded greatly over the last 40 years. But not infrequently the diagnosis of seizures and epilepsy are incorrectly made because there are many health issues resembling seizures. That's why it's important to make sure your diagnosis of epilepsy is really epilepsy and not something else.
There are medications to help control seizures and new, sophisticated treatments have been introduced including surgery to remove epileptic foci and vagus nerve stimulators. The Wada Test can be used for patients considering surgery to ensure the brain and patient's safety.
Research in the area of epilepsy has made tremendous strides in defining the genetic basis for epilepsy as well as the neurophysiology. New devices and medications are being developed and our program is part of this effort through clinical trials.
Why is it important to get a thorough and accurate diagnosis of epilepsy and seizures? Dr. Yu-tze Ng explains why and how state-of-the-art technology, research and skill take diagnosing and treating epilepsy to another level of medicine.
The Program offers a full range of diagnostic testing including:
The adult and pediatric units have continuous, time-locked EEG with audio and video data allowing a team of specialists to accurately diagnose a patient's seizure type and identify the potential area inside the brain where the seizures begin. This information then aids in formulating treatment options for patients.
We currently offer all treatment options including drug studies, potentially curative brain surgery and vagus nerve stimulation.
The video-monitoring process provides the most accurate method of diagnosing epilepsy and other conditions that are often misdiagnosed as epilepsy.
What is Epilepsy?
It’s estimated more than 2 million Americans have epilepsy and more than 150,000 are newly diagnosed with epilepsy each year. About 1 in 10 people have had a seizure and approximately 1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives.
Now, Oklahomans have a place where they can receive the best care—from diagnosis to treatment—whether they’re pediatric or geriatric patients and everything in between.
A Correct Diagnosis is Critical
Currently, patients come from all parts of Oklahoma and from the surrounding states of Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, and the Texas Panhandle. Epilepsy affects all age groups with an equal gender distribution. The video-monitoring process provides the most accurate method of making the diagnosis of epilepsy and differentiating the problem of pseudo-seizure.
The diagnosis of epilepsy is a life-changing problem for the patient and carries very wide implications in terms of employability, ability to drive, and interact in a complex society. Making this diagnosis accurately is extremely important in view of the long-term implications.
The Epilepsy Program at OU Medical Center has a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of medical personnel, including epileptologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, pharmacologists, counselors and social workers. To read more about our staff, click here. If you need a referral and would like an informational sheet to give to your primary care doctor, click here. Watch this OU Medicine Chat with Dr. Yu-Tze Ng, Director of Epilepsy and Child Neurology.