As a level 4 NAEC-accredited center, Rush offers the highest level of epilepsy diagnosis and care for adults and kids who need specialized seizure treatment.
Among the Best in the U.S. for Neurology and Neurosurgery
U.S. News & World Report ranked Rush University Medical Center No. 4 in the country for neurology and neurosurgery.
The Rush Approach to Epilepsy Care
At Rush, we provide a comprehensive evaluation of your seizures and overall situation. We want to understand the effect seizures have on you and your family.
We then work as a team to recommend potential solutions to best fit your lifestyle and needs, whether that’s medication or epilepsy surgery. Our team includes epileptologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists and social workers, all with epilepsy expertise.
As a level 4 National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) epilepsy center, Rush University Medical Center meets the highest standards for seizure diagnosis and care. We specialize in treating seizures that do not respond to medication (or, intractable epilepsy).
While our level 4 center is in Chicago, we work across the Rush system to meet patients where they are. Through telemedicine visits and locations in the western suburbs, our goal is to help you find relief from seizures as quickly — and as conveniently — as possible.
Rush Excellence in Epilepsy Care
- Volume and expertise: Our team sees more than 5,000 patients a year, including adults and children. We have epileptologists who specialize in treating only adult epilepsy, those who treat only pediatric epilepsy and some who treat both. This high volume means we can draw lessons from literally thousands of patients living with seizures to find a solution that works for you.
- Nationally ranked excellence: The Rush University Medical Center neurology and neurosurgery programs are ranked No. 4 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Rush epileptologists and neurosurgeons work closely with neurologists at Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital to provide you with comprehensive seizure care in the western suburbs.
- Intractable epilepsy focus: If you have not responded to at least two anti-epilepsy drugs (in the right dose, with the right medication selection), you are less likely to respond to additional drugs. Because our team specializes in intractable epilepsy, we can suggest alternative options when other epilepsy treatments have not worked.
- Epilepsy diagnosis and finding seizure focus: Getting relief for intractable epilepsy starts with finding your seizure focus. To do this, we have many options, including continuous EEG, high-density EEG and intracranial EEG. In addition, when we are unable to clearly see a scar during imaging (to identify a seizure focus and see if you qualify for surgery), our team uses hippocampal volume measures to locate where a scar is most likely to exist.
- Epilepsy surgery options: Rush neurosurgeons perform epilepsy surgery and procedures that are not widely available, including asleep deep brain stimulation. We also offer laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT, also known as thermal ablation). And, our focal resection surgeries use advanced imaging to better identify seizure focus.
- Medication selection: Finding the right medication for epilepsy takes expertise. When we recommend a medication, we look at your lifestyle, medical history and overall health. That's because anti-epilepsy drugs can affect other health issues, such as migraines, weight loss or weight gain, birth control effectiveness and more.
- Comprehensive epilepsy care for older adults: Our downtown Chicago location has the first clinic in the Midwest for older adults with epilepsy. The clinic uses a team approach, including a dedicated social worker, pharmacist and epileptologist. The clinic works closely with the geriatrics, stroke, memory, psychiatry and movement disorder services at Rush.
- Epilepsy in women and other specialized care: Our team understands that seizures affect everyone differently. For example, some women have seizures that increase with their menstrual cycle, or catamenial epilepsy. Some people have PNES, or psychogenic nonepileptic seizures, that can go undiagnosed for years. As part of our holistic treatment, we screen at each visit for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues that can occur for people living with seizures.
- Dietary therapy for seizures: At Rush University Medical Center, we offer a dietary therapy clinic for adults to help you control seizures. A registered dietitian and epileptologist cover what you need to know about following the keto diet, low glycemic index diet or modified Atkins diet. They tailor your diet plan based on the type of epilepsy and seizures you have, seizure frequency and your medical history, family support and nutritional needs.