EPILEPSY OVERVIEW

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The Wallace-Kettering Neuroscience Institute (WKNI) is proud to have the first comprehensive Epilepsy Center of its kind in the greater Dayton area. The Center is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of persons with epilepsy.

At WKNI, we strive to help patients, their families and anyone affected by epilepsy to understand the disorder, learn about the latest therapy options and make informed decisions about treatment. Providing exceptional patient care and meeting the comprehensive needs of individuals with seizure disorders, our Neuroscience specialists are focused on improving the quality of life for our seizure patients and families by using a multidisciplinary approach in addressing their complex medical and social needs.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that can originate from any number of brain function disorders that affect the nervous system. Epilepsy is a seizure disorder caused by abnormal electrical discharges from brain cells, in the cerebral cortex. In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neural activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness.

  • Epilepsy is not mental retardation, mental illness or contagious.
  • More than 2.5 million people in the United States, one percent of the population, have epilepsy, with about 15,800 in the greater Dayton area.
  • The correct initial diagnosis and appropriate therapy saves money spent on inappropriate medications, office or emergency room visits for poorly controlled seizures and adverse side effects.
  • There are several new medications now available to treat seizures, some of which may offer a patient equivalent or improved control of seizures with fewer side effects.
  • About 30% of seizure patients cannot achieve adequate control of seizures despite optimal medical therapy. A significant percentage of these patients may be candidates for surgical treatment of their seizures.