Epilepsy

Epilepsy refers to a condition in which a person experiences seizures caused by so-called “unprovoked reasons.” Learn how the care team at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Neuroscience Center can help you manage epilepsy.

About 10 percent of people have at least one seizure at some point in their lives. Anything that disrupts the normal electrical activity in the brain can cause a seizure. Frequent causes: high fever, low blood sugar, high blood sugar, alcohol or drug withdrawal, or a brain structural abnormality.

Epilepsy implies that the person is at risk to have unprovoked seizures. Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects up to 1 percent of the population. 

Epilepsy has many possible causes including brain tumorstroke, brain damage from illness or injury, or some combination of these. In a large group of patients, there is no detectable cause. 

Epilepsy Symptoms

A person is considered to have epilepsy after:

  • Two or more unprovoked seizures
  • A single seizure accompanied by other findings that suggest to the neurologist there is at least a 60 percent chance of another unprovoked seizure

Diagnosing Epilepsy

Your neurologist will evaluate the likelihood of another seizure through a few different tests. The most common is the Electroencephalogram (EEG), which records your brain’s electrical activity.

If you are experiencing seizures that are difficult to diagnose or control our epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) provides continuous care to determine precise cause of seizures and the most effective treatment.

Our Services

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)

The epilepsy monitoring unit provides adults with seizures long-term monitoring for in-depth diagnostic and treatment options.

Epilepsy Surgery

Neurosurgeons at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) provide expert epilepsy surgery, including vagus nerve stimulation, a procedure we helped pioneer. We work with you to find the procedure that offers you relief and long-term seizure control.

Neurologic Diagnostic Services

The neurology team at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) provides precise, prompt diagnosis for all types of neurological disorders. We use the latest technology for neurological assessment, including EEG, EMG, an epilepsy monitoring unit and single-fiber EMG, a sensitive test that is not widely available.

Neurology

As an academic medical center, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) uses the latest advances in diagnosis and treatment to care for people with neurological disorders. Our skilled team provides expert, compassionate care, evidence-based diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan.

Neurosurgery

The neurosurgery team at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) performs expert surgical procedures for patients who have neurological conditions, brain tumors and spinal disorders. We use the latest surgical techniques to provide a safe and effective surgery.

Patient-Centered Medical Home

Some health organizations consider “patient-centered medical homes” an innovative and fresh idea in primary care. But Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) is ahead of the curve – we’ve been successfully providing medical homes to patients for more than a decade.

Spine and Neurological Conditions Rehabilitation

At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), you’ll find specialized rehabilitation services for people with neurological conditions and for those who’ve had surgery for a brain or spinal condition. Our expert team of therapists customizes a plan to help you maximize your mobility and function.

Make an Appointment

Learn more about our services or make an appointment by calling us at 888-402-LVHN (5846). Request an appointment

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LVPG and LVHN Coordinated Professional Practice Providers

Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) and LVHN Coordinated Professional Practice Providers are employed by Lehigh Valley Health Network subsidiaries.

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