Nearly 3 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Each year, approximately 200,000 new cases are diagnosed.
At WVU’s Epilepsy Center, which has been awarded a top ranking by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, neurologists work with specialists from neurosurgery, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, and psychiatry to identify the part of the brain that is causing the epileptic seizures. Using a 3- T MRI machine, which has twice the imaging capability as other imaging techniques, WVU epilepsy specialists can identify the focus area in the brain that causes seizures to occur. Once the area is localized, our physicians are able to design individualized, pharmacological treatment plans for patients. For those patients who do not respond to medication, surgical intervention to remove the epileptic focus may offer a cure or a reduction in the frequency, as well as the severity, of seizures.
WVU’s Epilepsy Center provides state-of-the-art care for adults and children who have seizures. Our level 4 center, active since 2002, helps patients throughout the region.
Level 4 is the highest level awarded by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. This label means that we help people from around the region and across the country, giving them the most up-to-date therapy for epilepsy.
Our team is made up of specialists in neuropsychology, and neuroradiology. Your own doctor is also a key part of your team, and we are committed to working together.
To learn more about epilepsy, please visit these websites:
- American Epilepsy Society
- Center for Disease Control frequently asked questions about epilepsy
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders