Term Epilepsy Clinics
Code LT-1750.2000
Definition Programs that provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services on an inpatient or outpatient basis for individuals who have epilepsy (also known as "seizure disorders"). Specialized epilepsy centers provide routine care to individuals with seizures or epilepsy and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for individuals with uncontrolled seizures (intractable or refractory epilepsy). An evaluation at a specialized center typically begins with video EEG monitoring to record the seizures. The testing can confirm the diagnosis of epilepsy, the type of seizures and where the seizures start in the brain. Answers to these questions help to provide a more accurate outlook on what patients can expect, a better understanding of what medications may work best for them, and which non-drug treatments (e.g., dietary therapy, devices or surgery) may be appropriate. Other tests may be administered to look for causes of the epilepsy, the impact on a person's health, cognition or thinking, and their general health. How living with epilepsy affects an individual's and their family's quality of life is also addressed. Other services may include an examination by a board-certified neurologist, emergency medication assistance, laboratory diagnostic services, medication assistance programs, medical case management and social service case management. A patient-oriented team will typically include epileptologists (neurologists with expertise in treating seizures), neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, nurse specialists, EEG technologists, social workers, and others with training and experience in epilepsy care. In most centers, care can also be provided remotely via telehealth, telephone, and electronic medical record communication.
Created 8/13/20
Changed 9/29/20
Use References Epilepsy Specialty Centers
Seizure Disorder Clinics
See Also References Neuromodulation Therapies (LT-1750.5800)
Protective Equipment for Individuals With Medical Needs (LH-5000.6750)
External Classification Terms Ambulatory & Primary Health Care (NPC E09.02)
Ambulatory & Primary Health Care (NTE E30)
Health (CAN HC-300)
Health Care (AIRS HC-300)
Outpatient Medical Care (UW 2.1.02.02)
Related Concepts Disabilities
Facet Service
Comments
Bibliographic References "The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center", Epilepsy Foundation website, https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/refractory-epilepsy-difficult-treat-seizures/comprehensive-epilepsy-center

"What is an Epilepsy Center?", National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) website, https://www.naec-epilepsy.org/about-epilepsy-centers/what-is-an-epilepsy-center/

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