Epilepsy is not a disease, but is a condition or syndrome in which a patient experiences recurrent seizures. A seizure is a sudden, time-limited, involuntary alteration of neurologic functioning caused by an abnormal electrical discharge from neurons in the brain.
Types of seizures vary as do their symptoms and can range from a momentary disruption of the senses, to short periods of unconsciousness or staring spells or convulsions. A single seizure does not result in a diagnosis of epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a serious condition with its own set of challenges and may impact many different aspects of a person’s life. Epilepsy may affect a person’s relationships with family and friends, school, employment, and leisure activities.
According to the National Epilepsy Foundation, more than one million people continue to have seizures that impact their daily activities.
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center offers a comprehensive epilepsy program that includes a state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) as well as an Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic.
Epilepsy surgery is also available on the Banner Good Samaritan campus for patients who are surgical candidates.
To learn more about our epilepsy program, please call the Neuroscience Clinic at (602) 839-6533.