Epilepsy and Seizures Program
The Epilepsy Center at the Marcus Neuroscience Institute (MNI) seeks to
provide the best individualized treatment methods for its patients. The
MNI Epilepsy Center is under the direction of Medical Director, Pooja
Patel, MD, who has had extensive training and research experience in the
field. Expert and individually tailored treatment plans are provided for
all patients with even the most difficult to control seizures. These plans
are designed to try to enable each patient to live full and productive lives.
Our focus to the care of the adult patient with epilepsy is comprehensive
and integrative. We partner with the patients and their referring physicians
to find the most effective and complete diagnostic and treatment plan
that is individualized to each patient’s specific needs and goals.
The MNI is dedicated to the assessment and treatment of epilepsy and seizures
by using advanced technology and treatment options such as our 24-hour
epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), neuroimaging neuropsychological evaluations,
clinical trials, newer anti-epileptic drugs, and treatment for medical
refractory cases such as neurostimulation and epilepsy surgery.
We diagnose, treat and manage:
• New onset seizures
• Intractable epilepsy
• Medically refractory epilepsy requiring surgical treatment options
• Other clinically complex neurological conditions
What is Epilepsy/Seizures?
A seizure is an event in the brain that causes abnormal changes in movement,
behavior, perception or consciousness. Epilepsy is a chronic neurological
disease characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures.
Multidisciplinary team approach
We understand that seizures can have a variety of causes and that they
can extend into many fields of medicine. For this reason, our team of
epileptologists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons,
dieticians, nurse practitioners, researchers, rehabilitation therapists
and social workers provide highly individualized, coordinated and collaborative
patient care that makes our Epilepsy Center like no other.
Each patient is attended by a dedicated medical team that creates an individualized
plan of care, delivered in an atmosphere that’s most appropriate
to their age, symptoms and treatment options. This results in improved
diagnostic accuracy and effective treatments that can produce lasting
results with regard to the frequency and severity of seizures; in fact,
a majority of our patients are eventually able to live seizure-free.
Diagnostic services available at MNI include:
- Complete neurological exam
- Neurophysiological testing to include EEG’s and outpatient and inpatient
- Long term inpatient video-EEG monitoring with scalp electrodes to determine
local site and potential for medication adjustment or surgical referral
- Neuroimaging: MRI, PET, functional MRI
- Neuropsychological evaluation
- Speech and auditory processing evaluation
- Wada testing - to determine which side of the brain is responsible for
certain cognitive functions
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
The MNI epilepsy monitoring unit uses a sophisticated computer monitoring
system to record the activity of the brain of patients who have episodes
concerning seizures (epileptic or non-epileptic). Patients stay in a comfortable
private room and undergo continuous EEG and simultaneous video monitoring
under the supervision of our specialty trained technicians and nurses.
They are monitored 24/7 for several days to gather pertinent information
about their seizures and potential causes. Our team then studies the information
and works to pinpoint the areas of the seizures and create an individualized
- Anti-epileptic medications
- Neurostimulation such as VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) and RNS (responsive
- Epilepsy surgery
- Dietary therapy
To schedule a consultation, please call 561-955-4600.