For years, Huntington Memorial Hospital has been an international destination for the treatment of epilepsy. Approximately 75 percent of patients who undergo epilepsy surgery at Huntington Hospital become seizure-free with an additional 20 percent of patients seeing marked improvement.
The Huntington Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program is certified as a National Level IV Epilepsy Center by the NAEC. The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including world-renowned board-certified neurosurgeons, board-certified neuropsychologists, registered nurses with epilepsy specialization, and a registered dietitian specializing in the ketogenic diet.
Key to the Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program's success is the team approach to treating every patient. We treat the most difficult epilepsy cases using a comprehensive approach, one that assigns an entire team of experts to each case and not just a single physician. This is a unique approach, one that results in a remarkable rate of success. It concentrates all effort on a single issue and looks to solve it.
Diagnostic Screening Services
The Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program provides extensive screening and diagnostic services, including:
- High resolution video-EEG/24-hour recordings that monitor patient's seizures and behaviors while capturing abnormal brain waves
- Magnetoelectroencephalogram (MEG), non-invasive recording technology pioneered at Huntington Hospital that can isolate neuronal activity in the brain which is vital in pinpointing seizure location
- MRI dipole brain mapping that combines long-term monitoring EEG data, videography and high-resolution MRI to provide unmatched brain imaging
- Ictal single photon emission computerized tomography or ictal SPECT scan using increased cerebral blood flow to localize the epileptic region of the brain
- Position emission tomography (PET) scan that locates microscopic scar producing seizures
Huntington Hospital offers the latest generation anti-epileptic medications, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and the ketogenic diet. However, approximately
one-third of epilepsy patients are resistant to anti-epileptic medications and continue to have intractable seizures. For these patients, Huntington Hospital has a specialized neurosurgical program
consisting of three phases.
Electrodes are placed on the patient's scalp and seizure activity is monitored via EEG and videotape. The patient's seizures are recorded under close medical supervision by expertly trained nurses.
Depth electrodes are intra-cranially placed to record and localize seizures at a deeper level. This "gold standard" for locating seizures in complex cases
usually involves a longer hospital stay.
Neurosurgeons remove small portions of damaged brain identified as seizure triggers, without affecting the normal brain. Based on the findings of Phase I and II, physicians determine which of several possible procedures will be most successful.
For more information, please call (626) 397-3947