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 neurological functioning caused by an abnormal electrical discharge from neurons in the brain.
Epilepsy surgery is also available on the Banner Good Samaritan campus for patients who are surgical candidates.
In 2014, the Banner Good Samaritan Epilepsy Monitoring Unit was designated a Level 3 comprehensive epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC).
Level 3 comprehensive epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and resources to provide the highest level of medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. We are experts in being able to accurately diagnose the type of seizure and seizure syndrome, as well as offer comprehensive epilepsy education for the patient and caregivers.
Types of seizures
These vary, as do their symptoms, which 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.
To learn more about our epilepsy program, call the Neuroscience Clinic at (602) 839-6533.