Morton Plant Hospital's Epilepsy Clinic is at the forefront of medical care for adolescents and adults with epilepsy.
- We offer state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and therapeutic techniques, including surgical treatment.
- Our comprehensive approach reduces or eliminates seizures and allows our patients to lead normal lives.
- We also offer comprehensive care for elderly patients, where epilepsy most often occurs as a result of a stroke, Alzheimer’s or other degenerative diseases, trauma, brain tumor or other medical condition.
Diagnosing the type of seizure and epileptic condition is critical to recommending the most appropriate treatment. We take a thorough history of each patient, including past history of seizures and descriptions of seizures as well as potential risk factors (such as a history of seizures associated with fever during childhood, head trauma, brain infections, family history of seizures, birth injuries or birth defects).
An epileptologist (epilepsy specialist) conducts a detailed interview and physical exam to evaluate neurological deficits such as an impairment of movement, sensation, vision, hearing, language, and cognition. Further tests for memory and language localization are done by a neuropsychologist.
Our clinic also conducts sophisticated studies of the brain including electroencephalogram (EEG), ictal single-photon-emission computed tomography (SPECT), and positron emission tomography (PET). The EEG measures brain wave activity, which can show abnormalities suggestive of a seizure tendency or risk. A long-term digital video-EEG recording helps in localizing the area of onset of the seizures and is a standard tool for presurgical evaluation. SPECT and PET tests help determine the area of the brain that is malfunctioning and causing the seizures.
For more information about our Epilepsy Clinic, please call (727) 461-8635.
The Neurosciences Institute
Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion
430 Morton Plant Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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