More than 3 million people in the U.S. have some form of epilepsy. About 200,000 new cases of seizure disorders and epilepsy are diagnosed each year. Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.

A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. One in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime during their life.

Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. They can have many symptoms, from convulsions and loss of consciousness to some that are not always recognized as seizures by the person experiencing them or by health care professionals: blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements of arms and legs.

There are many different types of seizures. The kind of seizure a person has depends on which part and how much of the brain is affected by the electrical disturbance that produces seizures.

Neurologists utilize a variety of techniques to diagnose epilepsy. Your primary care physician can request a comprehensive neurological evaluation by contacting the Neurodiagnostic Center at Winchester Medical Center at 540-536-8287.

Virginia Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

The Virginia Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Winchester Medical Center is a collaboration of WMC and two Winchester, Virginia based physician practices, Winchester Neurological Consultants, Inc., and Virginia Brain and Spine Center, Inc.

The founders of the program, epileptologist Paul Lyons, MD (Winchester Neurological Consultants, Inc) and neurosurgeon Lee Selznick, MD (Virginia and Spine Center, Inc) envisioned integrated services for the treatment of epilepsy and pursued a cohesive program. Winchester Medical Center, where both physicians have privileges, provides the necessary neurodiagnostics and surgical facilities to complete the program. A licensed dietitian is also available, who works in conjunction with the physicians and appropriate patients, offering a ketogenic dietary regimen (which, for specific patients, has been shown to be useful in controlling symptoms).

Offering the most comprehensive services for epilepsy evaluation and treatment, the program has the highest designation (Level 4) given by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers and is one of only three designees in the state. To learn more about Level 4 Epilepsy Centers, go to www.naec-epilepsy.org.

The Virginia Comprehensive Epilepsy Program provides a continuum of care for neonatal to geriatric patients and has the professional expertise and facilities to provide medical and surgical care for complex epilepsy patients. 

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Treatment of Patient Conditions including: 
• Undiagnosed or poorly characterized seizure disorders 
• Seizures refractory to anticonvulsant drug therapy 
• Post-traumatic seizures 
• Seizure-like events with or without altered consciousness 

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Providing Comprehensive Evaluations including: 
• Routine, ambulatory and video EEG 
• Intensive inpatient video EEG monitoring 
• Anticonvulsant drug treatment and monitoring 
• Cortical grid monitoring/mapping/functional MRI to determine potential for surgical intervention 
• Interventional testing including WADA, Spectography 
• Neuropsychological testing 

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Specialized Treatments: 
• Anti-seizure medications 
• Epilepsy surgery 
• Vagal nerve stimulation 
• Modified diet programs for adult and pediatric patients, i.e. ketogenic, modified ketogenic 

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  • Paul Lyons, MD, Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Sleep Medicine, specializing in pediatric epilepsy 
  • J. Craig Henry, MD, Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, specializing in geriatric epilepsy 
  • Laila Hammer, RD, Clinical Dietitian, Valley Health 

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Contact Information: 
Request an appointment: 866-948-7055
Schedule neurodiagnostic testing: 540-536-8287