Epilepsy | Seizures
The skilled specialty teams at MaineHealth diagnose and treat epilepsy in both adults and children. They work with patients and their families to diagnose conditions and create treatment plans based on individual needs.
Maine Medical Center Neuroscience Institute has Maine’s only Level 3 Epilepsy Center for the most advanced evaluation, diagnosis and care for adults and children with epilepsy or suspected epilepsy. The program is staffed with adult and pediatric epileptologists who are fellowship trained in evaluating and managing epilepsy patients.
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures. Epilepsy affects nerve cell activity in the brain. Epilepsy is diagnosed in people of all ages.
Seizure symptoms can vary with epilepsy
The seizure symptoms of epilepsy are not the same for each person. The type of seizure depends on the part of the brain affected. Symptoms include:
Epilepsy causes can include:
For an epilepsy diagnosis, your family doctor or provider will ask for a complete medical history, including:
Any family history of seizures
List of medication you are taking
Previous illnesses, injuries and health conditions
The patient also may have several diagnostic tests:
The electroencephalogram (EEG) is important for an epilepsy diagnosis, because it checks electrical activity in the brain. When a person has a seizure, the electrical activity will be abnormal.
Epilepsy usually is managed with medication. Other treatments can include surgery, medical devices, and making changes in eating habits.