Magazine article Medical Economics

Seizure Disorders

Magazine article Medical Economics

Seizure Disorders

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This month's Clinical Centers of Excellence series features facilities offering comprehensive seizure disorder diagnosis and treatment augmented by active research protocols.

Although each center treats a variety of seizure disorders, all of those highlighted here have been designated as Level 4 facilities by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and, as such, offer complex neurodiagnostic monitoring and generally provide a broad range of surgical treatment options.

Some centers also emphasize lifestyle and depression-management programs, because epilepsy and other chronic seizure disorders can be debilitating and, in some cases, confine patients to their homes.

The centers profiled involve patients in research aimed at developing improved diagnostic devices and drug-delivery systems, as well as clinical trials for new antiepileptics that researchers hope will have fewer side effects than currently available agents.

The seizure disorder centers were chosen based on a survey of neurologists and neurosurgeons. Each center was asked to provide patient statistics, research protocols and funding information, areas of concentration, and information on other pertinent services. These profiles provide primary care physicians with a valuable tool when considering where to refer patients, whether for first seizure workup, surgery, detailed diagnostics, or ongoing management.

We do not rank the centers relative to each other, but highlight what makes each one unique. We could not profile them all, but have included a list of the other Clinical Centers of Excellence identified by our survey (see left). …

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