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Why choose us for epilepsy care? 

BJC HealthCare works with Washington University physicians, BJC Medical Group, and providers across the region to deliver extraordinary care. We use the latest technologies to provide effective epilepsy treatment. Our research efforts allow us to continue providing exceptional care as new treatments are discovered.

You benefit from: 

  • Recognized excellence: One of our locations is recognized as a national Epilepsy Center of Excellence. Our specialized team partners with Washington University School of Medicine to stay at the forefront of exceptional epilepsy care.

  • Effective therapies: Our team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists and epilepsy nurses continues to adopt effective new therapies. These advancements have made it possible to control, and even permanently stop, disabling seizure disorders, allowing you to lead a normal life.

  • Groundbreaking treatments: As pioneers in epilepsy treatment, we were among the first hospitals in the United States to use brain surgery on a regular basis to treat seizure disorders. Today, we continue to be leaders in our field, wielding the latest techniques, such as brain laser surgery, video electroencephalography (EEG) and intracranial electrode placement.

  • Research and clinical trials: Our doctors participate in clinical trials that allow us to improve our current treatment options. We also test promising new therapies, giving you access to the latest effective treatments.

  • Quick answers: We understand how frightening it can be to experience a seizure for the first time. At the First Seizure Clinic, we evaluate seizures quickly, aiming to find the root cause and get you started on treatment right away. 

What is epilepsy? 

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. You can have seizures without having epilepsy, but recurrent seizures are usually a sign of epilepsy.

Epileptic seizures occur when irregular bursts of electrical activity lead to seizures. Seizures can cause a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from mild movements or sensations that you can remember later, to severe stiffening, shaking, prolonged confusion and loss of memory.

Seizures vary in severity and duration but typically last from a few seconds to a few minutes. Often, seizures are associated with alterations in perception and memory. If left uncontrolled, seizures are very disruptive to everyday life, interfering with your ability to work, travel and live independently.

More than 3 million Americans are affected by epilepsy and other seizure disorders. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in the country, behind Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

Diagnostic testing for epilepsy

Our neurologists use appointments at the First Seizure Clinic as a chance to uncover the root cause of a seizure, evaluate the likelihood of it happening again and determine if you need any other testing.

Since epilepsy technically is defined as recurrent, unprovoked seizures, we can’t always diagnose epilepsy after one seizure. At our epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU), our neurologists determine the cause of your seizures and whether they are epileptic or nonepileptic. 
Our epilepsy centers are equipped with the most advanced tools, including 24-hour video EEG and intracranial monitoring, to diagnose and better understand your seizures.

Diagnosing seizures may involve a series of tests, including:

Blood and other lab tests
To rule out causes such as infection, irregular blood sugar and organ problems
Electroencephalography (EEG)
To record electrical activity in the brain. Video EEG can continuously monitor brain activity around the clock.
Brain Imaging
To search for conditions that may be causing your seizures and help identify the areas of the brain where they are originating
Neurological and neurocognitive assessments
To understand if your seizures are affecting brain function
Treatments for Epilepsy

Of all neurological disorders, epilepsy remains one of the most treatable. Treating hundreds of patients each year, our epilepsy specialists lead the way in developing and refining the most successful epilepsy treatments.

If your epilepsy does not respond to medication, your epileptologist may recommend the following treatments:

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)
An implantable device is placed in the chest and sends electrical pulses to the brain to reduce seizures.
Responsive neurostimulation (RNS)
A RNS device is placed under the skull to help detect seizure patterns and send a pulse to stop the seizure.
Focal resection
This epilepsy surgery is performed to remove the portion of the brain that causes the seizures.
Temporal lobe epilepsy surgery
This procedure involves targeting the amygdala and hippocampus for removal, while other surrounding structures are preserved
Brain laser surgery
Also used to treat brain tumors, brain laser surgery uses intraoperative MRI to guide a laser and focus it on a particular area in the brain tissue.

Schedule your appointment

Call  (314) 362-9355  or  (800) 392-0936  to schedule your appointment with a specialist.

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