Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Services
For years, Huntington Hospital has been an international destination for
the treatment of epilepsy. Approximately 75% of patients who undergo epilepsy
surgery at Huntington Hospital become seizure-free with an additional
20% of patients seeing marked improvement.
We are certified as a National Level IV Epilepsy Center by the
NAEC. The program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists, including
world-renowned board-certified neurosurgeons, board-certified neuropsychologists,
registered nurses with epilepsy specialization, and a registered dietitian
specializing in the ketogenic diet.
Key to the Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program's success is the team
approach to treating every patient. We treat the most difficult epilepsy
cases using a comprehensive approach, one that assigns an entire team
of experts to each case and not just a single physician. This is a unique
approach that results in a remarkable rate of success.
Please contact us for more information at (626) 397-3947.
Screening, Diagnostic & Treatment Services
We provide extensive screening and diagnostic services, including:
- High resolution video-EEG/24-hour recordings that monitor patient's
seizures and behaviors while capturing abnormal brain waves.
- Magnetoelectroencephalogram (MEG), non-invasive recording technology pioneered
at Huntington Hospital that can isolate neuronal activity in the brain
which is vital in pinpointing seizure location.
- MRI dipole brain mapping that combines long-term monitoring EEG data, videography
and high-resolution MRI to provide unmatched brain imaging.
- Ictal single photon emission computerized tomography or ictal SPECT scan
using increased cerebral blood flow to localize the epileptic region of
- Position emission tomography (PET) scan that locates microscopic scar producing seizures.
Huntington Hospital offers the latest generation anti-epileptic medications,
vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) and the ketogenic diet.
However, approximately one-third of epilepsy patients are resistant to
anti-epileptic medications and continue to have intractable seizures.
For these patients, Huntington Hospital has a specialized neurosurgical
program consisting of three phases.
Phase 1 - Electrodes are placed on the patient's scalp and seizure activity
is monitored via EEG and videotape. The patient's seizures are recorded
under close medical supervision by expertly trained nurses.
Phase 2 - Depth electrodes are intra-cranially placed to record and localize seizures
at a deeper level. This "gold standard" for locating seizures
in complex cases usually involves a longer hospital stay.
Phase 3 - Neurosurgeons remove small portions of damaged brain identified as seizure
triggers, without affecting the normal brain. Based on the findings of
Phase I and II, physicians determine which of several possible procedures
will be most successful.