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Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by recurring seizures that are caused by abnormal brain activity. Symptoms of epilepsy go beyond seizures and may include loss of consciousness, muscle spasms and irregular behaviors and emotions.

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Epilepsy care in Nashville, Tennessee

If you have epilepsy, our board-certified epilepsy specialists can help.

TriStar Health's hospitals in Middle Tennessee will work with you and your loved ones to develop a personalized treatment plan. Together, we will find the best way to control seizures and manage symptoms so you can live your life.

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Epileptic seizure symptoms

Symptoms associated with an epileptic seizure include:

  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Disorientation
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle ticks and tremors

Epilepsy and seizure treatments

We offer specialized epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs) to evaluate, diagnose and treat seizures in patients of all ages.

Diagnostic tests for epilepsy

If you're at risk of epilepsy or are experiencing symptoms, your neurologist may recommend imaging tests. To diagnose a seizure disorder, you may need:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Audio/video electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring

Neurological care in our epilepsy monitoring units

We offer specialized epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs) to evaluate, diagnose and treat seizures in patients of all ages. The EMUs are designed for 24/7 audio and video monitoring to identify where seizures begin in the brain.

Patients who suffer from seizures are likely to be admitted to an EMU. If you are being considered for seizure surgery, you will also be admitted to an EMU. On average, patients are monitored for three to five days.

Rehabilitation for patients with epilepsy

Epilepsy is associated with several neurological side effects, such as irritability, clumsiness and changes in emotions, memory or behavior, and learning.

To help manage your symptoms, we offer our neurorehabilitation program to tailor your therapy to the specific effects of your neurological disorders and diseases. For people recovering from epilepsy treatment, neurorehabilitation can help with:

  • Balance and strength
  • Cognitive impairments, such as trouble with memory and concentration
  • Depression, stress, anxiety and other issues related to behavioral health
  • Dizziness

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