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Epilepsy is a neurological condition that causes a sudden spurt of electrical activity in the brain resulting in a seizure. The abnormal signals that the brain then sends to the entire nervous system cause unusual behaviors and sometimes convulsions or loss of consciousness. More than 2.5 million people in the United States have epilepsy.

The multidisciplinary epilepsy team at The Mirken Department of Neurology provides comprehensive care for people with epilepsy from sophisticated diagnostic methods and a carefully plotted and tested approach to the latest medical and surgical treatments, to practical support and guidance for both patients and their families.

A new inpatient unit, located at Beth Israel's Petrie division, complements our outpatient service. In addition, patient-friendly amenities as overnight accommodations for family members are available.

Many of Beth Israel's epilepsy specialists are also actively involved in national research efforts, much of it focusing on the development of promising new antiepileptic medications. The staff also participates in teaching other health care professionals about epilepsy and is involved in lobbying efforts with the government and industry to help reduce the unjust stigma associated with epilepsy.

The epilepsy team members -- all with years of experience and special training in neurosciences and epilepsy - include: Board-certified epileptologists (specialty neurologists), neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, nurse practitioners, program nurses, electroencephalogram (EEG) technologists, imaging technologists and social workers.

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