TAMPA, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — One in ten people will have a seizure at least one time in their life. One in 26 people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. But there is now a new way for doctors to better detect exactly where things are going wrong in the brain.
“My dance is basically like my go to place,” said Alina Esapovich.
Esapovich has found her beat. She’s a dancer.
“When I start dancing I feel like just nothing matters,” Esapovich told Ivanhoe.
Right now she’s nursing an injury. Esapovich’s dealt with epilepsy her entire life. She can handle this. But recently her epilepsy was ruining her rhythm. Medications and surgeries weren’t keeping her seizures in check. So Florida Hospital Neurologist Terry Rodgers-Neame, MD, FACNS used a new EGI Phillips dense array EEG machine to find exactly where the seizures were coming from.
“This is a very big breakthrough,” said Dr. Rodgers-Neame. (Read Full Interview)
The patient wears a net over his or her head. Two hundred fifty-six electrodes send images to cameras.
“This truly brings us into the 21st century in terms of being able to localize exactly where the seizures are coming from,” said Dr. Rodgers-Neame.
Surgeons then use these precise pictures to remove the exact section of the brain that’s causing the seizures.
“If we pinpoint that abnormal area we can take out a smaller portion of the brain and therefore decrease the risk of having serious complications from the surgery,” Dr. Rodgers-Neame explained.
Now Esapovich is nearly seizure free.
“I’m going to keep on dancing no matter what,” she said.
And crutches and seizures aren’t going to get in her way.
Seventy percent of epilepsy patients respond to medication. They can stay on it for years and never have another seizure. Those that don’t respond to two medications usually have epilepsy surgery evaluation.
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TOPIC: EGI KEEPS ALINA ON HER TOES: EPILEPSY BREAKTHROUGH
REPORT: MB #4433
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a chronic disorder, the hallmark of which is recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A person is diagnosed with epilepsy if they have two unprovoked seizures (or one unprovoked seizure with the likelihood of more) that were not caused by some known and reversible medical condition like alcohol withdrawal or extremely low blood sugar. The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or genetics, but often the cause is completely unknown. The word “epilepsy” does not indicate anything about the cause of the person’s seizures or their severity. Many people with epilepsy have more than one type of seizure and may have other symptoms of neurological problems as well. Sometimes EEG (electroencephalogram) testing, clinical history, family history, and outlook are similar among a group of people with epilepsy. In these situations, their condition can be defined as a specific epilepsy syndrome.
TREATMENT: Most people with epilepsy can become seizure-free by taking one anti-seizure medication, which is also called anti-epileptic medication. Others may be able to decrease the frequency and intensity of their seizures by taking a combination of medications. At least half the people newly diagnosed with epilepsy will become seizure-free with their first medication. If anti-epileptic medications don’t provide satisfactory results, doctors may suggest surgery or other therapies. Doctors usually perform surgery when tests show that seizures originate in a small, well-defined area of the brain or the area in the brain to be operated on doesn’t interfere with vital functions such as speech, language, motor function, vision or hearing. Apart from medications and surgery, potential therapies are Vagus nerve stimulation and a ketogenic diet.
NEW TECHNOLOGY: EGI is a medical device company that designs, develops and commercializes a range of non-invasive neurodiagnostic products used to monitor and interpret brain activity. A key component of these products is EGI’s proprietary dense array electroencephalography platform technology. Two-hundred-fifty-six electrodes send electrical impulses from the brain to a computer. The multiple cameras on the dome collect the position of the electrodes to locate the position of the impulses onto the patients MRI, allowing doctors to see the location of the abnormal impulses in the brain.
(Source: Terry Rodgers-Neame, MD & https://www.egi.com/)
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