The Rush Epilepsy Center evaluates, diagnoses and treats adults and children with all forms of epilepsy, as well as people experiencing frequent spells that may be epilepsy. The program offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, and provides patients with a full range of medical and surgical treatment options, including investigative therapies and approaches that are not widely available. Patients who require inpatient treatment receive care on a specialized neurological unit with staff specifically trained in neurosurgical and neurological care. Six beds are specifically used for video EEG.
Specialized services provided through the Rush Epilepsy Center at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, include:
Diagnosis and disease management: Accurate diagnoses are obtained using state-of-the-art techniques, such as computerized brain mapping, electroencephalographic video monitoring, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and single proton emission computerized tomography (SPECT). Such technologies allow specialists to pinpoint the site and severity of seizure activity, information vital to selecting the most effective treatment options .
Medical treatment: Neurologists specially trained in treating seizure disorders offer the most current and effective treatment options to patients diagnosed with epilepsy. More than 70 percent of epilepsy patients can achieve full seizure control through a skillful balance of conventional medications. A major emphasis of the center is selecting the best medication regimen for each patient. The Rush Epilepsy Center also regularly participates in the study of new medical treatments. For more information on clinical trials, click on the link at left.
Surgical options: For selected patients who don't respond to medication, surgery may be recommended. Rush has the largest experience with epilepsy surgery in Illinois. Over the last 10 years, more than 65 percent of patients having temporal lobe epilepsy surgery became seizure free. Rush was also the first medical center in Chicago to offer vagal nerve stimulation for epilepsy, with over 200 cases performed. Support for patients and families is available: Individual and family counseling is available to help patients and their families cope with the effects of epilepsy. The Epilepsy Center also offers regular educational seminars, and runs a support group for patients and families.
Research: Research concerned with the causes and treatment of epilepsy is integral to the Rush Epilepsy Center's patient care mission. Researchers are actively involved in studies of new anticonvulsant medications and surgical techniques. Basic science research on the causes of epilepsy is also performed.