Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior, sensations and, sometimes, loss of consciousness. Seizure symptoms can vary widely. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs.
Epilepsy can have a big impact on your life, but you are not alone. Our team is here to help you. Do not be afraid to ask questions or talk about concerns you have. We can help you live your life to the fullest.
We also have expertise in nonmedication management, including vagus nerve stimulator implantation and management.
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Our hospital includes a four-bed Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, which is specially designated to evaluate, diagnose and treat seizures.
During a stay, you have continuous video electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures vital signs and provides an audiovisual recording of activities. An EEG detects electrical activity in your brain using small, flat metal electrodes attached to the scalp.
An EMU stay can provide your care team with critical information for the classification and evaluation of abnormal spells. It helps develop a treatment plan that works for you. It also provides a safe space to make changes to medications and for other health concerns, such as memory loss or cognitive impairments.
You are able to move freely around the room during your stay, which could last up to five days. Your neurologist will decide if an EMU stay is appropriate for you.
This instructional video from Mayo Clinic in Arizona outlines and introduces the general guidelines of an EMU stay. It pays special attention to safety procedures, activity limitations and various methods used to induce seizures (or events) throughout the patient's EMU admission. The information provided is applicable to your EMU stay in Eau Claire.