Epilepsy Program

 

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General Information

The University of Kentucky has been providing specialized care in epilepsy for more than two decades. We are the only providers of such care for central and eastern Kentucky. We provide both outpatient services through the Kentucky Clinic and inpatient care at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Our services include epilepsy clinics, an active epilepsy surgery program and clinical trials in epilepsy, thus offering patients a broad range of advanced forms of seizure therapy unavailable elsewhere.

The University of Kentucky Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is recognized by the NAEC as a Level 4 epilepsy center. 

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Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

 

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program consists of a multispecialty team of dedicated professionals focused on improving the lives of patients and families who are living with epilepsy. It is designed to address the needs of children, adolescents, adults, women of childbearing age and elderly with epilepsy requiring specialized care,  taking also into account the needs of their caregivers.

 

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic is a component of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and is designed to address the needs of children, adolescents and adults with epilepsy requiring specialized care. Patients evaluated in the clinic have previously been evaluated by a neurologist and continue to have problems with ongoing seizures, medication side effects or questions about the specific diagnosis. Selected patients may require other studies outside the epilepsy clinic including EEG-video monitoring, MRI and other specialized procedures. Additional consultations such as neuropsychology evaluations and neurosurgical evaluations may be necessary.

 

Care Options

Potential therapeutic options such as new anti-epileptic drugs and epilepsy surgery are determined for each patient. Some patients are followed long-term in the Epilepsy Clinic, while most are returned to their primary neurologist for ongoing care.

 

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Services

Our services include diagnostic testing and the latest treatments for the management of all forms
of epilepsy through outpatient services as well as inpatient care with the latest diagnostic monitoring
equipment.  

 

The adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) comprises 6 dedicated rooms in the Chandler Medical Center and the pediatric EMU has 3 dedicated rooms in the Kentucky Children's Hospital.


Additional services include specialized MRI procedures, fMRI, intra carotid sodium amytal procedures (WADA tests), ictal and inter-ictal SPECT studies and intra-operative mapping with awake craniotomy. Consultative services such as neuropsychology evaluations and neurosurgical evaluations are available. Potential therapeutic options such as new anti-epileptic drugs, innovative treatments, VNS therapy, ketogenic diet and epilepsy surgery are determined for each patient.

 

New referrals, established patients, and individuals enrolled in clinical trials are all seen in the epilepsy clinic. Adult patients undergoing phase I monitoring (noninvasive video-EEG monitoring) and phase II (invasive) monitoring are hospitalized in the EMU. Outpatient ambulatory EEG studies are offered through the UK EEG laboratory.

 

Clinical Trials

We have ongoing clinical trials involving epilepsy and antiepileptic medications for infants, children and adults. We are extensively involved in research, both at the University of Kentucky and in collaboration with other prominent epilepsy centers regionally and nationally. Click Here to learn more about Epilepsy Clinical Trials.

 

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