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Epilepsy is a neurological condition affecting electrical activity in the brain, leading to seizures. Seizures cause temporary neurological symptoms that may look and feel different from one person to the next. These can range from minor behavioral changes to convulsions with loss of consciousness. The cause of seizures in epilepsy may be unknown.

People are usually diagnosed with epilepsy if they have had one or more seizures that weren’t provoked by a reversible condition like an infection or diabetes, with the seizures appearing likely to continue.

What you should know about epilepsy

  • An EEG test, or electroencephalogram, is used to look at electrical activity in the brain. It can help determine if a person has epilepsy.
  • Most people with epilepsy can be treated with medicines that can stop or control seizures. It may take time to determine which medicine or combination of medicines will work best.

Why choose Geisinger for your epilepsy treatment?  

  • The Geisinger Epilepsy Center offers the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services in the region and is recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers for providing the highest level of epilepsy care. Our goal is to help you live as seizure-free as possible.
  • Geisinger Community Medical Center is home to the region's only adult epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU). Dedicated to diagnosing and treating patients with seizure disorders, the EMU includes six private epilepsy monitoring rooms, as well as four medical-surgical rooms.
    • Patients who experience seizures which are challenging to diagnose and manage are those most likely to be admitted to the EMU. Patients who may need surgery as a treatment for their seizures may also be admitted for better monitoring to identify seizure-causing areas in the brain.
  • Our services include:
    • Inpatient video and electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring for adults and children
    • Epilepsy surgery with a focus on procedures that spare healthy tissue
    • Outpatient EEG
    • High-definition magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other imaging technologies to find where seizures originate
    • Neuropsychological testing to delineate cognitive dysfunction associated with epilepsy
    • Vagus nerve stimulator implantation to improve seizure frequency
    • Multidisciplinary team approach for evaluation of surgery intervention

Treatment options

Seizures are frightening, but they can usually be treated. The specialists at Geisinger’s Epilepsy Center offer the following treatment options:

  • Medicine to prevent seizures
  • Surgery resection
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) device implantation
  • Responsive Neurostimulation (RNS) device implantation

Specialties and institutes

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