Epilepsy Treatment Options Discussed on Global Epilepsy Awareness Day
ALBANY, N.Y., March 26, 2013—Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the United States, affecting more than 2.3 million Americans. Despite its prevalence and advancements in treatment, the condition remains misunderstood. In an effort to raise awareness, individuals nationwide, including at Albany Medical Center, will wear purple Tuesday, March 26 in recognition of Global Epilepsy Awareness Day.
According to Michael Gruenthal, M.D., chair of neurology at Albany Medical Center, approximately 570,000 Americans aged 65 and older have epilepsy, and that number is expected to increase with the aging population.
“With the numbers expected to increase, it is more important now than ever before that those with epilepsy are familiar with their medical and surgical treatment options,” explains Dr. Gruenthal. “The most advanced diagnostic and treatment options can be found right here at Albany Med.”
Albany Med’s Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program is the only Level 4 center in the region, the highest designation offered by the prestigious National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 centers have the most advanced medical and surgical diagnostic treatment options for patients with complex epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent and unprovoked seizures. Seizures, the result of disturbed electrical rhythms of the central nervous system, can have many manifestations ranging from brief sensations and movements to confusion or convulsions.
Part of the Neurosciences Institute, Albany Med’s Epilepsy and Human Brain Mapping Program evaluates more than 350 patients each year in its inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) for advanced medical prevention and surgical cure. The EMU offers the most technologically sophisticated monitoring available, including wireless brainwave recording. Using this equipment, staff can pinpoint the area of the brain where seizures begin. Brain mapping techniques are then used to locate areas of the brain important for language, memory and movement to safely guide surgical tissue removal in order to stop seizures.
To learn more about Albany Med’s epilepsy program and how our neurologists and neurosurgeons have helped patients overcome epilepsy, visit www.amc.edu/neuro.
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with nearly 400 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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