Epilepsy and seizure disorders must be correctly diagnosed before treatment can be determined.
The physical examination reveals clues that may help identify the cause of the seizures. The physical examination also helps determine the patient's overall health and any associated neurological problems. If questions remain about the diagnosis, additional tests may be needed.
Epilepsy surgery consists of more than just identifying the seizure focus in the brain. The preoperative evaluation must show that it is safe to remove that portion of the brain without causing excessive harm. Several tests are available for functional brain mapping including Wada, functional MRI, and grid stimulation studies.
Imaging of the brain is a major component of the preoperative evaluation of patients who are potential candidates for epilepsy surgery. One factor that determines whether a patient is an appropriate candidate for surgery is whether the lesion responsible for the seizures can be seen on imaging studies such as CT or MRI.
A standard component of the preoperative evaluation for epilepsy surgery is neuropsychological consultation and testing. Barrow neuropsychologists are experts at understanding and evaluating the particular issues experienced by persons with epilepsy.
For more information on the Epilepsy Center, please call 1-800-BARROW1 (227-7691) or 602-406-6281.