The recurrent seizures that herald epilepsy come from sudden, temporary disturbances in the normal function of the brain’s electrical system. While many people with epilepsy can be successfully treated with anti-epileptic drugs that provide partial or complete control over seizures, many do not respond to medication, or even a combination of multiple medications. As a result, they may experience catastrophic epileptic seizures daily, making any semblance of a normal life impossible. At Yale, we offer promising options for many of these patients.
Our experts are world-renowned, specializing in the treatment of new-onset epilepsy in children and adults, as well as medically intractable seizure disorders. Our Epilepsy and Seizure Center was one of the first of its kind, and we continue to lead the way as one of the most advanced and active programs in the world. More epilepsy surgeons around the country received their training at Yale than at any other program in the country.
We see both children and adults for second opinions, diagnostic evaluation, and first-time seizures. We provide treatment recommendations for all types and severity of epilepsy or possible epilepsy.
Our multidisciplinary team includes epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, neuropathologists, and psychiatrists. Nurses, technicians, technical staff, and administrative staff are also key players in patient care.Our neurologists work in collaboration with neurosurgeons and diagnostic radiologists to deliver intensive and innovative therapeutic and diagnostic services for patients with varying forms and degrees of seizures and epilepsy.
Specialists perform intensive audiovisual and EEG monitoring for diagnosis and localization of the affected area. We evaluate our patients in phases to precisely coordinate electrophysiology, cognitive testing, medical history, and physical and neurological examination with advanced imaging using MRI, SPECT, and PET techniques.