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Epilepsy is a neurological condition which affects the nervous system. Epilepsy is also known as a seizure disorder. It is usually diagnosed after a person has had at least two seizures that were not caused by some known medical condition.
What are Seizures?
Seizures seen in epilepsy are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but most of the time the cause is unknown.
(Source: Epilepsy Foundation)
Greenville Health System’s (GHS) neurology service provides comprehensive care devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of neurology-related conditions, including epilepsy. For epilepsy, the program provides adult and pediatric patients with unmatched capabilities for the diagnosis and treatment of seizures and specialized services so that patients can get the care they need close to home.
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU), a 4-bed unit located in Greenville Memorial Hospital, allows extended monitoring of seizure activity for adult and pediatric patients. Patients typically stay 3 to 5 days.
- 4 private monitoring rooms with space for visitors and family
- 24/7 coverage by specialized staff for epilepsy monitoring provides ongoing seizure information in real-time
- Continual digital monitoring (EEG and video) for accurate diagnoses of seizure type, length and location of origin
- Extended monitoring ensures that seizures are captured (only about 30% of seizures are found in a single EEG)
- Extended monitoring also helps to pinpoint where seizures are occurring and to rule out non-epileptic seizures
- Level 4 certification for epilepsy, the only one in our area
Patients who suffer from seizures and are difficult to diagnose and manage, or those being evaluated for epilepsy surgery, are those most likely to be admitted to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Treatment options for epilepsy include medication, surgical and vagal nerve stimulator programming and placement.