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Epilepsy


Epilepsy is a neurological condition in which experiences reoccurring, unprovoked seizures. Epilepsy can be caused by a variety of different factors, some of the most common are:

  • Congenital conditions
  • Genetic factors
  • Progressive brain disease
  • Head trauma

Epilepsy is one of the most widely suffered neurological disorders affecting people of all ages and races. About 65 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy and one in 10 adults will experience a seizure during their life.

Patients are diagnosed with epilepsy after the have two or more unprovoked seizures. It is important to keep in mind that patients may mistake their first seizure symptoms for something else. Seizures may have varying degrees and symptoms based on the part of the brain affected.

What to watch for in seizures:

  • Staring
  • Jerking movements of the arms and legs
  • Stiffening of the body
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Breathing problems or breathing stops
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Falling suddenly for no apparent reason, especially when associated with loss of consciousness
  • Not responding to noise or words for brief periods
  • Appearing confused or in a haze
  • Nodding the head rhythmically, when associated with loss of awareness or even loss of consciousness
  • Periods of rapid eye blinking and staring

The Missouri Epilepsy Program is recognized as a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 4 Epilepsy Programs offer the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Once the cause of epilepsy in a patient is diagnosed, it can be prevented with various surgical and medication treatments. Services offered by our team:

  • First convulsion clinic
  • Pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy surgery
  • Electroencephalogram
  • Video-EEG or epilepsy monitoring unit
  • MRI
  • fMRI
  • PET scan
  • SPECT scan
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • WADA Testing

If you think you might have epilepsy, it is best to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians to find out which option best fits your situation. To schedule an appointment with one of our epilepsy specialists, please call (573) 882-1515.




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