The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has been accredited with the highest designation available from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The Level IV accreditation means that UAMS is capable of performing the most complex surgeries for the treatment of epilepsy.
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a common and serious neurological condition that is characterized by repeated unprovoked seizures. Seizures are caused by abnormal bursts of electrical activity in the brain.
Epileptic seizures may cause:
- Altered behavior
- Loss of consciousness
- Spells of emotions or sensations
They might be mild with brief experiences like...
- Changes in vision
- Unusual tastes or smells
- Sense of déjà vu
They can also be severe, such as convulsive seizures with violent muscle stiffening and contractions.
What should I do if I am experiencing symptoms?
Early treatment is key. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers recommends that patients whose seizures are not under control after three months of treatment by a primary care physician should seek treatment from a neurologist. Patients who have been seeing a general neurologist and are still experiencing seizures after 12 months should request a referral to an epilepsy center with an epileptologist.