Welcome to the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center!
The Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (CCEC) in New York City, is dedicated to the care of people with epilepsy. The Center offers state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment for the management of epilepsy in adults, adolescents and teens, and children. The Center's goal is to help patients gain control of seizures and optimize their quality of life.
An estimated two and half million people in the US are affected with epilepsy. A majority of those affected are managed successfully with a drug regimen. For those patients, however, who have tried at least two different drug treatments and are still not successful, a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center can offer answers.
A full complement of advanced diagnostic tests is available for diagnosis, seizure classification and treatment, including evaluation for surgical treatment of epilepsy. Approximately half of patients not controlled by medications are candidates for epilepsy surgery that could cure their seizures. The center's inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit combines video and EEG monitoring of patients to determine epilepsy type, number and location of seizure onset in the brain. Monitoring results are supplemented by other diagnostic procedures, including MRI, SPECT, neuropsychological tests, Wada test, and PET. Surgical treatments included temporal lobe resection, extratemporal cortical resection, and corpus callosum section. Patients benefit from the intervention of an experienced multidisciplinary team that includes epileptologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, EEG technologists, nurse practitioners, neuropsychologists and psychiatrists. Any patient who is not responding to medical therapy is appropriate for referral to the specialty care of the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Patients may be referred by a physician or self referred.
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