The Epilepsy Monitoring Program

Diagnosis: Precisely Measuring and Identifying Seizure Activity.

For patients experiencing seizures, accurate diagnosis begins with being admitted for observation within Monmouth Medical Center's state-of-the art Epilepsy Monitoring Program. The Epilepsy Monitoring Program utilizes advanced technology and continuous video EEG monitoring—the gold standard for care in detecting and locating seizure activity. Patients rest in a calm, reassuring environment, under the care and supervision of a specially trained nursing staff, EEG technicians and Dr. Joshua Mendelson, Director of the program.

Monitoring reveals seizure type and which medications might be most appropriate for treatment. Monitoring also helps precisely identify the area where seizures begin—critical information for those patients who are candidates for surgery.

In addition to continuous EEG display and monitoring, patient may undergo PET or CT scan, MRI, or functional MRI to identify epileptic areas of the brain and to map brain function.

Monitoring and testing help identify and classify seizure activity accordingly:

  • Epilepsy: A medical condition affecting children and adults that produces brief, but strong electrical surges in the brain that affect various mental and physical functions.
  • Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Attacks (PNEA): Episodes mimicking the symptoms of epileptic seizures, but occurring without typical epileptic EEG discharges.
  • Seizure-mimics: Syncope, parasomnias, migraine, or hypoglycemia

Detailed reporting in test results helps identify the form of epilepsy a patient may have, as well as rule out epilepsy altogether. After diagnosis, our specialists develop a care plan which may include options such as a targeted medication regimen or surgery. Monmouth neurologists recommend the best treatment options to reduce seizure activity, limit side effects and improve patients' quality of life.

To learn more about Epilepsy Monitoring services, please call 732-923-6839.

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