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Epilepsy

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, he/she are considered to have epilepsy.

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.

Learn more about the Epilepsy Foundation.

Virginia Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

The Virginia Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Winchester Medical Center is a collaboration between 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 Brain and Spine Center, Inc) envisioned integrated services for the treatment of epilepsy and pursued a cohesive, comprehensive 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 or other diets shown to be useful in controlling symptoms of Epilepsy.

NAEC Level 4 Epilepsy Center

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 four designees in the state.

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 cases.

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

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

Virginia Comprehensive Epilepsy Program also conducts clinical research trials in epilepsy and associated conditions.

Specialized Treatments:

  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Intercranial epilepsy surgery
  • Vagal nerve stimulation
  • Responsive neuro stimulation (Neuropace)
  • Modified diet programs for adult and pediatric patients, i.e. ketogenic, modified ketogenic

Providers

  • 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
  • Lee Selznick, MD, Board Certified Neurological Surgery
  • Laila Hammer, RD, Clinical Dietitian, Valley Health

In the News

Responsive Neurostimulation for Epilepsy

Medical Cannabinoids for Pediatric Epilepsy

Contact Information

Request an appointment: 866-948-7055
Schedule neurodiagnostic testing: 540-536-8287
Epilepsy Surgery Coordinator: 540-536-3397 or lschutz@valleyhealthlink.com

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