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Epilepsy Care

The Neuroscience Institute is proud to have the first comprehensive Epilepsy Center of its kind in the greater Dayton region. The Center is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of persons with epilepsy.

We strive to help patients, their families and anyone affected by epilepsy to understand the disorder, learn about the latest therapy options and make informed decisions about treatment.

Providing exceptional patient care and meeting the comprehensive needs of individuals with seizure disorders, our Neuroscience specialists are focused on improving the quality of life for our seizure patients and families by using a multidisciplinary approach in addressing their complex medical and social needs.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that can originate from any number of brain function disorders that affect the nervous system.

Epilepsy is a seizure disorder caused by abnormal electrical discharges from brain cells, in the cerebral cortex.

In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neural activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.

Facts about Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy is a disorder - not a disease
  • Epilepsy is not mental retardation or mental illness.
  • Epilepsy is not contagious
  • A person with recurring seizures is diagnosed with epilepsy.
  • Half of all people who have their first seizure will have a second.
  • Up to 40% of patients with epilepsy don't receive adequate seizure control.
  • Seizures can mimic other health problems.
  • There are several new medications now available to treat seizures, some of which may offer a patient equivalent or improved control of seizures with fewer side effects.
  • If the first two medications to control seizures don't work, the chance of a third medication working is less than 10%.
  • Seizures that aren't controlled by medication are eligible for vagal nerve stimulators or surgery.
  • 50-70% of patients that have surgery to cure seizures experience complete freedom from future seizures!
  • Surgery has been used to treat seizures since the 1960's