The Rush Epilepsy Center diagnoses and treats adults and children with all forms of epilepsy, including frequent spells that may be epilepsy.
Epilepsy experts at Rush specialize in locating the source of a seizure to help you or your child start the right treatment regimen to control seizures.
Whether medication or surgery is needed, the center offers comprehensive options, including clinical trial opportunities not widely available and inpatient hospital care. Rush is the most experienced provider in Illinois of surgical treatment for epilepsy, with excellent outcomes.
The Rush Epilepsy Center has been accredited as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) for providing a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. NEAC defines four levels of epilepsy care and accredits centers that provide level 3 and 4 care. Among other advantages, a level 4 center provides the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment.
Expert care for epilepsy in older adults
Currently, one in four newly diagnosed epilepsy patients is 65 or older, and it's estimated that by 2020, about half of all people living with epilepsy will be 65 or older.
Rush is pleased to offer the first epilepsy clinic in Chicago dedicated to treating epilepsy in older adults, serving a population that is often not optimally treated.
Epilepsy in elderly patients is difficult to detect, often confused with or caused by other conditions such as stroke, dementia and traumatic brain injury. But once diagnosed, it can usually be easily controlled.
The clinic is for patients age 60 or older who have experienced any of the following:
- A seizure or suspected seizure
- Frequent or unexpected falls or fainting spells
- Unexplained episodic (occurring more than once) lapses in cognition or memory
- Frequent confusion
Our compassionate team of experts offer the latest research, diagnostic and treatment options, including individualized treatment plans created in partnership with patients and families.