Epilepsy

Epilepsy


Epilepsy, also known as seizure disorder, is a common disease of the brain affecting about 1 percent of the population. It can affect any person at any age. There are approximately 30,000 patients in Mississippi with epilepsy. Recognized as the state’s only level 4 epilepsy center accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, University of Mississippi Medical Center provides comprehensive testing and treatment for patients of all ages.

University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is dedicated to the care of people with epilepsy. The center offers state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment of seizures/ epilepsy in adults and children. Its goal is to help patients gain control of seizures and optimize their quality of life.

A full complement of advanced diagnostic tests is available for seizures diagnosis, classification, and evaluation for surgical treatment of epilepsy. The center's inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit combines video and EEG monitoring of patients to determine epilepsy type, number and location of seizures. Results of the monitoring tests are supplemented by other diagnostic procedures, including MRI, SPECT, neuropsychological tests, Wada test, and PET scanning. Surgical treatments include temporal lobe resection, extratemporal cortical resection, hemispherictomies, corpus callosal resection and deep brain stimulation as well as VNS.

Patients benefit from the intervention of an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes neurologists, neurosurgeons, neurophysiologist, neuroradiologists, EEG technologists, clinical nurse specialists, neuropsychologists and psychiatrists. Any patient who is not responding to medical therapy is appropriate for referral to University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Patients may be referred by a physician or self-referred.

Our team

As one of the premier epilepsy centers in the country, we provide our patients with a team of healthcare providers that address not only the immediate medical concerns, but also the psychological, social and financial issues. Our team consists of epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse clinicians, EEG technologists, social workers, and a recreational therapist.

Clinical facilities

Clinical care facilities at University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center include:

  • Adult epilepsy monitoring unit beds for long- or short-term continuous closed-circuit television/electroencephalographic (CCTV/EEG) recording
  • Adult outpatient ambulatory care facilities
  • Adult EEG laboratories
  • PET scanning facilities
  • Anatomic and functional MRI facilities
  • SPECT scanning facilities (for ictal and interictal studies)
  • Neuropsychology

Clinical services

The professional staff of University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center includes neurologists, pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, pediatric neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social workers and EEG technologists - all of whom have special expertise in epilepsy.

The staff work with community physicians, other hospitals and community agencies (Epilepsy Foundation in Jackson) to optimize treatment and provide appropriate services for patients with uncontrolled seizures or special problems related to epilepsy.

The facilities at the center and expertise of the staff allow the staff to:

  • Establish a definitive diagnosis in patients with paroxysmal symptoms of uncertain cause;
  • Establish optimal medication regimens to maximize seizure control and minimize side-effects;
  • Identify patients with medication-resistant seizures for surgical treatment alternatives;
  • Localize epileptic brain regions for resective surgery, map vital or eloquent brain areas in relation to the epileptogenic area;
  • Perform epilepsy surgery;
  • VNS for non-resective surgery;
  • Conduct detailed neuropsychological evaluations;
  • Monitor antiepileptic drugs and their metabolites in relation to seizures, cognitive function, other drugs, and environmental or physiological factors that affect antiepileptic drug disposition;
  • Conduct clinical trials of investigational new drugs;
  • Diagnose and treat psychogenic seizures;
  • Offer a range of rehabilitation and psychosocial services and referrals.

In addition, the center conducts ongoing clinical research programs in epilepsy as well as new diagnostic methods and treatments.

Epilepsy wellness

  • University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center with specially trained staff is maintained at the Jackson Medical Mall.
  • Epilepsy Foundation Mississippi sponsors a monthly support group meeting for Rankin, Hinds and Madison counties. Call (601) 936-5222 for more information.

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