EPILEPSY PROGRAM

 

The Community Regional Medical Center Epilepsy Program in Fresno is dedicated to the care of people with seizure disorders of all types.  The Center offers state-of-the-art medical treatment for the management of epilepsy in adults and children.  The Center’s goal is to help patients gain control of seizures and optimize their quality of life. 

 

An estimated 2.5 million people in the United States are affected with epilepsy.  A majority of those affected are managed successfully with a drug regimen.  For those patients, however, who are candidates for surgery a further referral is done to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the University of California San Francisco.

 

A full complement of advanced diagnostic tests is available for diagnosis, seizure classification and treatment, including evaluation for surgical treatment of epilepsy.  Approximately half of patients not controlled by medications are candidates for epilepsy surgery that could cure their seizures.  The Center’s inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit combines video and EEG monitoring of patients to determine epilepsy type, number and location of seizure onset in the brain.  Monitoring results are supplemented by other diagnostic procedures.

 

Patients benefit from the intervention of an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, EEG technologists, nurse practitioners and psychiatrists.  Any patient who is not responding to medical therapy is appropriate for referral to the specialty care of the Community Medical Center.  Patients may be referred by a physician or self-referred.