The Cedars-Sinai Epilepsy Program offers both consultations and continuous care to patients with seizure disorders. The process of evaluation and treatment for patients with seizures requires an interdisciplinary approach. The program is staffed by epileptologists, adult and pediatric epilepsy neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neurodiagnostic technologists, epilepsy nurse specialists and ancillary staff with special expertise in seizure disorders.
|Cedars-Sinai's Epilepsy Program is recognized by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.|
The program provides clinics, as well as outpatient EEG diagnostic services, including routine EEG screening and monitoring. Comprehensive evaluation and treatment options are offered to patients in close cooperation with the Department of Neurosurgery's Epilepsy Consultatory Specialty Clinic.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center at Cedars-Sinai is conveniently located for all imaging service such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans.
About 25 percent of patients with seizure disorders do not respond to medications. Studies have shown that patients whose epilepsy is not controlled with two or three medications have only a four percent likelihood of responding to an additional medication. Patients with medically refractory seizures (seizures that cannot be controlled with medication) are offered an evaluation to assess whether they are candidates for resective (taking out an area of the brain causing seizures) epilepsy surgery.
The program also offers evaluation and management of patients who could be candidates for implantation of devices such as Vagus Nerve Stimulation. Access to magnetoenchephalography (MEG) service is available in collaboration with the Scripps Clinic in San Diego, California.
In addition to offering anti-convulsant medical treatment and surgery, the program continues to stay at the forefront of anti-epileptic drug research.
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In the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue, Cedars-Sinai once again ranked among America's best in Neurology and Neurosurgery.