The Epilepsy Monitoring Program at Monmouth Medical Center has received
a “Level 3” designation from the National Association of Epilepsy
Centers for a fourth consecutive year.
The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has certified that Level 3
Centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the
highest level evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.
Monmouth Medical Center originally received the designation in 2013.
The Monmouth Medical Center Epilepsy Monitoring Program offers state-of-the-art
equipment that allows for continuous video-EEG monitoring — the
gold standard diagnostic investigation that can improve diagnostic accuracy
when the diagnosis of epilepsy, particular seizure type, or location of
onset is not clear by routine or prolonged EEG recordings. The accurate
diagnosis of seizure type is essential to provide effective medical management
and possible surgical treatment options to prospective patients, according
to neurologist Joshua Mendelson, M.D., medical director of the Epilepsy
Monitoring Program at Monmouth.
Epilepsy is a common nervous system disorder in which clusters of nerve
cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally and can create
nervous system disruption. Epilepsy can cause unusual sensations, as well
as disturbances in emotions and behavior, along with seizures and loss
“The Epilepsy Foundation estimates that approximately one in 26 Americans
will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives,” Dr. Mendelson
says. “With more than 2 million Americans facing this disease, and
more than 150,000 new cases each year, it is important to have the National
Association of Epilepsy Centers’ certification to ensure our patients
that we are providing the highest level of care possible for our patients.”
Epilepsy has many possible causes, but all are related to a disruption
in normal neuron activity. This includes everything from illness to brain
damage to abnormal brain development, as well as abnormalities in the
brain wiring, an imbalance of chemicals called neurotransmitters, or a
combination of such factors. Recurrent unprovoked seizures are considered
the key criteria for defining epilepsy, but there are many epilepsy syndromes.
These syndromes are classified by a variety of symptoms and features,
including seizure severity, age of onset, seizure patterns, the area of
the brain involved, and genetic factors.
“The Monmouth Medical Center Epilepsy Monitoring Program is designed
to diagnose and treat patients with epilepsy, seizures and episodic alterations
of consciousness,” Dr. Mendelson says. “Our goal is to improve
seizure control and quality of life for adults and children suffering
from epilepsy and other seizure disorders.”
The program offers the expertise of both pediatric and adult specialists
to provide comprehensive care for patients with epilepsy and other seizure
disorders throughout life. To learn more or to make an appointment with
a specialist, call 732-923-6839.
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health
facility, along with The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth
Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals
and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College
of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical
Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many
technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other
minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by
HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care
quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity
care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional
leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery.
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