The goal of the Center for Brain & Neuro Care is to improve the health of the people served by providing high quality care. Making available a Exceptional comprehensive range of services, convenient and timely access with compassionate care is our goal. The center thrives on implementing cutting edge therapies for fast recovery, stabilize disease, reduce disability and improve functionality.

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seizures & epilepsy

The Center for Brain and Neuro Care will provide expert, comprehensive, and individually tailored treatment plans for all patients, even those with the most difficult to control seizures. These plans are designed to enable each patient to a live full and productive life.

What is a Seizure?

A seizure is a sudden electrical discharge in the brain causing changes in behavior, sensation, or consciousness.

What is the difference between epilepsy and seizures?

A seizure is a single occurrence

Epilepsy is two or more unprovoked seizures

Seizures are classified as:

+ Generalized seizures which involve both sides of the brain

+ Partial seizures which begin in one location of the brain

Types of Seizures

Seizures are divided into two major groups, depending on where they begin in the brain.

Generalized seizures – These seizures seem to begin everywhere in the brain at once. Types of generalized seizures include:

+ Absence seizures

+ Myoclonic seizures

+ Clonic seizures

+ Tonic seizures

+ Tonic-clonic seizures

+ Atonic seizures (drop attacks)

+ Partial seizures – Also called “focal” seizures, partial seizures begin in one location of the brain.

What is an aura?

An aura is a sensation of unusual symptoms that occurs before a seizure. An aura may include

+ visual changes such as bright lights, zigzag lines, slowly spreading spots, distortion of shape or size of objects, and blind or dark spots in the field of vision

+ hearing voices or sounds (auditory hallucinations)

+ strange smells (olfactory hallucinations)

+ feelings of numbness or tingling in one side of the body or face

+ feeling separated from your body, sometimes called déjà vu or its opposite, jamai vu

+ anxiety or fear

+ nausea

+ postictal state, the aftereffect of the seizure, for example, arm numbness, loss of consciousness, partial paralysis, and confusion.

Diagnosing Seizures & Epilepsy
Getting an accurate history of the event

It can be difficult to diagnose a seizure. Because physicians are rarely able to witness a seizure during a clinic visit, it is vital to have a seizure witnessed by family, bystanders, or emergency services personnel. They can report symptoms like eyes rolling up, tongue biting, frothing at mouth, urinary incontinence, loss of consciousness, muscle tremors or muscles stiffening.

Tests done to diagnose seizure or epilepsy

We offer complete neurological consultation for epilepsy and related conditions. We provide neurophysiological tests, including routine EEGs and outpatient and inpatient video-EEG monitoring. Many (but not all) people with seizures or epilepsy have abnormal EEGs.

We also offer other tests for seizures and epilepsy including:

+ Long-term inpatient video-EEG monitoring with scalp or intracranial electrodes

+ Neuropsychology

+ Speech and auditory processing evaluations

+ Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

+ Positron Emissions Tomography (PET)

+ Single photon emission CT

+ Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS)

+ NeuroPsych Testing

+ Wada test / angiography

+ Intracranial monitoring

+ Depth electrodes

+ Subdural strips

+ Subdural grids

Treating a seizure or epilepsy

There are many options for treating seizures and epilepsy. Our individually tailored treatment plans include a combination of the following:

+ Medication

+ Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

+ Dietary therapy

Some patients do not respond to the medication for their seizures.  They are called medical refractory patients, and we will refer them to Johns Hopkins Hospital or the University of Maryland for surgery.