Epilepsy is a condition of the nervous system that causes recurring seizures. It affects about one percent of all Americans or approximately three million people. More than 200,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.
If you have a seizure, this does not necessarily mean that you have epilepsy. If you have multiple seizures; however, you should get evaluated by an epilepsy specialist (or epileptologist).
Interesting Fact: Only three percent of people with epilepsy have seizures triggered by exposure to flashing lights at certain intensities or to certain visual patterns.
From initial evaluation to long-term continued care, each patient will experience the care and management that only a highly specialized epilepsy center can provide. Using a multidisciplinary team approach, the team's medical and surgical teams actively conduct research and education in their respective disciplines. We have at our disposal the most advanced and modern tools for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and the underlying cause for the seizures.
Why Choose UHealth?
Level IV epilepsy center. As one of the National Association of Epilepsy Center’s designated level IV epilepsy centers, we offer you the highest level of diagnostic abilities and treatment options to eliminate your seizures. Our multidisciplinary specialists include epileptologists, neuropsychologists and other professionals work together to make sure you receive comprehensive care.
The expertise of specialized centers. Did you know that 30 percent of people who are sent to specialized centers for difficult seizures find out they were misdiagnosed? An inaccurate epilepsy diagnosis could mean years of costly and unnecessary medications. The expert physicians at our state-of-the-art International Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (ICEC) provide you with a comprehensive medical evaluation, so you get the right diagnosis and the right treatment the first time you are evaluated.
Advanced and personalized seizure control. No two epilepsy patients are the same – the type, severity and frequency of your seizures are different as are your triggers. Our team uses the latest diagnostic imaging to gather detailed information about your epilepsy, so we effectively get your seizures under control.
Access to new research and treatments. Since the ICEC is connected to a large research university, we are constantly learning about newer or different treatments that may help you.
An on-call epileptologist. A faculty member is available 24-7 to respond to our patient’s emergencies and to provide telephone consultation to referring and outside physicians.
EEG video monitoring. There are 4-bed EEG monitoring units in both the adult neurology and on the pediatric floor. In these units, patients are monitored for extended periods of time (1) as part of a pre-surgical evaluation for epilepsy surgery and (2) to establish the diagnosis in patients with episodes of loss of consciousness or with unusual behavior.
Outpatient clinics. A large number of patients receive specialized care and treatment in the Epilepsy Outpatient Clinics. The faculty is experienced in classification of the epilepsies, selection of the appropriate medical therapy and adjusting the therapies for optimal outcome. The outpatient clinics are a great resource for the community where the faculty can provide second opinions for referring physicians.
Active surgical program. For over 30 years, experts at the epilepsy center have been treating individuals with medically refractory epilepsy. We have been active in the development of new techniques sub-pial transaction for epilepsies in critical area of the brain. The specialists at ICEC were involved in the first evaluation of vagal nerve stimulation for the treatment of epilepsy. We continue to work to develop new approaches in the surgical treatment of epilepsy.
A neurophysiological laboratory. Convenience. Besides routine electroencephalogram, the neurophysiology laboratory at ICEC has the ability to record outpatient ambulatory EEG recordings and all day EEG/Video recordings.
Neuro-imaging. A broad range of neuro-imaging is present on the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine campus. High magnet strength MRI imaging is available using specially constructed techniques which provides both structural and functional images. PET and SPECT imaging is available on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.