UW Health's comprehensive epilepsy program at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, offers state-of-the-art care for patients with epilepsy or those suspected of having seizures.
- Electroencephalogram (EEG): An EEG records the electrical activity of the brain. Through this painless test, physicians are able to diagnose a variety of neurological problems, from common headaches and dizziness to seizure disorders, strokes and degenerative brain disease.
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- Neuroimaging: Neuroimaging techinques create images of the brain that allow us to pinpoint the specific parts of the brain where seizures are occuring.
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- Medication: UW Health's epilepsy program emphasizes patient quality-of-life when considering treatment options, including medication regimens.
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- Dietary treatment: Diets that are high in fat and low in carbohydrates compels the body to produce ketones, which have been linked with a decrease in seizure activity in some children.
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- Surgery: Patients with seizures that cannot be controlled with antiepileptic drugs - called intractable - and have a major impact on their quality-of-life are potential candidates for surgical treatments.
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- Vagus Nerve Stimulation: During Vagus Nerve Stimulation, surgeons implant a device that is similar to a pacemaker under the skin. The device sends a mild, electrical signal to the vagus nerve, which is critical for communication between the brain and major organs.
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