Epilepsy and Seizures
Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital takes a patient-centered
approach to treating epilepsy and seizures. That means we'll explore
various treatment options for your condition and work together to find
a solution that best fits your lifestyle.
A seizure is an event in the brain that causes changes in movement, behavior,
perception or consciousness. Epilepsy is a chronic condition where someone
experiences repeated seizures that don’t seem to have a specific cause.
While we can control epilepsy with different treatments, we also consider
how those treatments affect your lifestyle. Ultimately, we hope to find
an effective therapy that helps you live a quality, independent life.
What type of epilepsy conditions are treated at Marcus Neuroscience Institute?
We treat a wide range of epilepsy conditions, from new-onset seizures to
intractable chronic epilepsy. Whether you've experienced a seizure
for the first time or need ongoing care for your epilepsy, our team has
the expertise to tailor treatment for you.
We also have experience diagnosing and treating children who have pediatric
epilepsy or related conditions.
How do Marcus Neuroscience Institute experts diagnose epilepsy?
If you've experienced a seizure or your doctor believes you have epilepsy,
our team will use electroencephalography (EEG) tests and MRIs to pinpoint
your diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan. Marcus Neuroscience
Institute has access to a 3-Tesla (3T) MRI, which gives more detailed
images of the brain compared to a standard MRI.
Depending on your symptoms, you may undergo a standard EEG test or a long-term
EEG. Long-term EEGs can take between one and seven days.
During a long-term EEG, you may stay in the hospital while we monitor your
brain activity for a day or several days. At Marcus Neuroscience Institute,
we have the region's only epilepsy monitoring unit, which allows us
to record audio and video along with your brain waves. Having this detailed
data can help us better understand the disease and develop a more tailored,
If you don’t want to stay in the hospital for the long-term EEG,
we also offer outpatient long-term EEG testing. This test allows you to
go home with an EEG device that records brain data for several days.
How does Marcus Neuroscience Institute treat epilepsy and seizures?
We have a diverse team of experts who come together to create a personalized
treatment plan. From epileptologists to neurosurgeons to radiologists,
everyone works together to find the right therapy for you.
The first line of treatment for most epilepsy conditions is anti-epileptic
medicines. There are many different kinds of anti-epileptic medications,
so we go over each treatment option with you, along with any potential
side effects. In some cases, you may need to take more than one anti-epileptic medicine.
If medicine does not help your symptoms, we may recommend neurosurgery
or neurostimulation treatment.
Marcus Neuroscience Institute is the only hospital in the region to offer
neurostimulation, which may include:
- Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) – This treatment involves implanting
a small, battery-powered device on the skull. The device stimulates the
vagus nerve with electrical pulses, which can reduce seizures.
- Responsive neurostimulation (RNS) – This treatment also uses a small
device that is implanted on the skull. The device monitors and responds
to the brain's electrical activity to prevent seizures.
When you come to Marcus Neuroscience Institute for epilepsy or seizure
treatment, you can expect:
- A patient-centered treatment approach that we tailor to your needs and lifestyle
- The region's experts in epilepsy and seizures, with neurologists who
are specially trained to treat these conditions (epileptologists)
- The latest diagnostic tools and treatments, including 3-Tesla MRIs, an
on-site epilepsy monitoring unit and neurostimulation treatments
To schedule a consultation, please call 561-955-4600.