Epilepsy Treatment Program Offers Comprehensive Services
Cincinnati--November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is
a disorder of brain function that can recur throughout a person’s life.
About 1 to 2 percent of the world population develops the disorder, and
the exact cause can be identified in only about half of the cases.
Treatment focuses on seizure-control so the person can lead a normal
life. Standard medications can eliminate seizures in most people. The
Comprehensive Epilepsy Treatment Program specializes in the advanced
treatment strategies required for the 25 percent who have uncontrolled
“Epilepsy monitoring enables doctors to pinpoint the exact site in the
brain that causes electrical brain storms to occur in about 80 percent
of all cases,” says Michael Privitera, MD, professor of neurology,
University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, and director of the
Comprehensive Epilepsy Treatment Program of the Neuroscience Institute.
“If the targeted tissue can be vaporized with a laser without affecting
normal brain tissue, the person with epilepsy can drastically reduce or
eliminate the need for medications that control seizures,” says
UC Medical Center experts operate Cincinnati’s only epilepsy monitoring
program, located at The University Hospital. Privitera says, “We have
more than ten years of experience and have evaluated thousands of
patients.” The Comprehensive Epilepsy Treatment Program is comprised of
four physicians, three nurses, a neuropsychologist, nine EEG
technicians, and support staff. UC’s comprehensive approach to epilepsy
includes medical and surgical treatments, patient education, and
support services for patients and loved ones.
UC Medical Center is one of the world’s leading centers for testing new
epilepsy treatment drugs and was instrumental in the development of
four of the five new FDA-approved drugs to control seizures. For
more information about the Comprehensive Epilepsy Monitoring and
Treatment Program of the Neuroscience Institute, call (513) 475-8730 or