What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a common disorder of the brain that causes recurring seizures. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, nearly 3 million Americans live with epilepsy – and one in 26 people in the United States will develop it in their lifetime. Epilepsy can be triggered by illness or injury, but most of the time, there is no known cause for the condition.
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
The new, specialized inpatient unit at Saint Francis Healthcare System provides sophisticated diagnostic and treatment services to better evaluate, diagnose and treat seizures in adult patients. The EMU uses a continuous video electroencephalogram (EEG) to pinpoint specific epilepsy patterns and adjust medications, especially in patients suffering from seizures that are difficult to diagnose and manage.
Neurologist and Epilepsy expert Sisira Yadala, MD, and trained specialists use the EMU to detect what type of epilepsy a patient has, and then they establish appropriate and effective treatment.
EMU Treatment Can Determine:
- Whether a patient’s spells are epileptic seizures or from another cause
- What kind of seizures a patient is experiencing
- Where seizures start in the brain to evaluate whether surgery could eliminate or reduce seizures uncontrolled by medicine
For more information about Dr. Yadala or the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, call 573-332-1972.