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Epilepsy Monitoring Unit

The Penn Epilepsy Center features a modern eight-bed unit with video electroencephalography (video EEG) for the evaluation of individuals with difficult-to-manage epilepsy who are candidates for surgery and for differential diagnosis of "spells". Specialists from neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology and psychiatry combine their expertise to evaluate each patient.

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Evaluation begins with long-term monitoring, using EEG and video to capture the electrical activity and symptoms that occur during a seizure. Depending on the type of surgery being considered, a number of other diagnostic tests may be required, such as single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) scans for evaluation of the metabolism and blood flow to the area suspected of originating the seizures. In addition, intracranial monitoring with electrodes implanted in the brain is sometimes necessary for a definitive evaluation prior to surgery.

Sometimes individuals experience events that may or may not be epileptic seizures. Capturing these events with video and EEG monitoring often points to the correct diagnosis and correct therapy.






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