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The specialists at The Epilepsy Center at The GW Medical Faculty Associates understand treatments should also be personalized. To accurately and effectively make a diagnosis, The 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 events that resemble epileptic 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.
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Variety of Treatment Options
Therapies offered at the Epilepsy Center at The GW Medical Faculty Associates include medications and several surgical approaches. Your physician will decide the appropriate treatment for you based on your individual diagnosis.
Treatment options offered by the Epilepsy Center include:
- Antiseizure Medication
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)
- Responsive Neurostimulation (Neuropace)
- Ketogenic Diet
The 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.
In addition to neuromodulation (electrical stimulation devices). The Epilepsy Center offers several different surgical procedures.
Level 4 Epilepsy Center Designation
The Epilepsy Center at The GW Medical Faculty Associates recently earned the highest certification in the field, a Level 4 Epilepsy Center designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 centers meet the highest standard of care according to the NAEC, providing the most intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as the most extensive medical, neuropsychological, and psychosocial treatments available.