How Epilepsy Centers Can Help
By Steven Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP

An epilepsy center is an institution offering comprehensive, detailed care for someone with epilepsy and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). The benefit of going to an epilepsy center for care is that the many different types of doctors you may need to see are all located under one roof. This may make it easier to get your child’s appointments handled in a single day.

Different levels and services

Epilepsy centers are categorized by levels depending on the services and the quality of specialized care they provide.

Level 3 and 4 centers provide a variety of treatments, including medications and testing. Level 4 centers also provide epilepsy surgery options. Some also offer dietary suggestions, like use of the ketogenic diet, the modified Atkins diet, or low glycemic index diet. Dietary changes must be carefully administered, along with the use of supplements, certain formulations of medications, and frequent blood tests.

If there is no epilepsy center near where you live, you can ask a center if it provides information or advice over the phone (also known as telemedicine). In addition, you should ask if your local neurologist is willing to consult with an epilepsy center.

If you want to learn more about epilepsy centers, visit the National Association of Epilepsy Centers Web site.

Dr Wolf and Ms McGoldrick run a collaborative partnership in the care of people with epilepsy at a comprehensive epilepsy center in New York.

Dr Wolf and Ms McGoldrick are paid consultants of Eisai Inc.


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