The Epilepsy Program is a multidisciplinary collaboration of epilepsy physicians, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, psychiatrists, and allied health professionals who provide medical and surgical treatment for appropriate candidates. It also offers evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s 24/7 Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, whose technological design and staff expertise are one-of-a-kind in the world.
The program is also tightly integrated with the Epilepsy Center at the Cleveland Clinic main campus in the United States. This allows for thorough, collaborative evaluation and discussion of patient cases between experts on both hospital campuses. The two campuses also work together to provide safe, round-the-clock monitoring in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Working together makes it possible to provide the very highest standard of Patients First care.
Recommendations for anti-seizure medications are based on a review of all test results. About two thirds of epilepsy patients can have their seizures controlled through a careful selection of the right medication for their condition. However, not all patients respond to medication, and up to one third of patients continue to have seizures. These patients, referred to as medically refractory epilepsy patients, require additional, specialized testing, and may be candidates for brain surgery or neurostimulation therapy.
Patients with seizures that are difficult to control are admitted to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which is equipped for simultaneous EEG recording of video and abnormal brain electricity during seizures. Epilepsy Monitoring Unit evaluation can identify whether a patient may be a good candidate for brain surgery.
A virtual seizure board meeting is held between experts at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Cleveland Clinic main campus in the United States to discuss the findings from video-EEG monitoring, neuro-imaging, and other tests in order to make recommendations for brain surgery. If the patient and family members agree with recommendations, surgical treatment is offered by expert neurosurgeons at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Epilepsy Program.
Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
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