Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic
Appointments and Info: 859-218-5049
For more information, contact UK Neurology.
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic is a component of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and is designed to address the needs of children, adolescents and adults with epilepsy requiring specialized care. Patients evaluated in the clinic have previously been evaluated by a neurologist and continue to have problems with ongoing seizures, medication side effects or questions about the specific diagnosis. Selected patients may require other studies outside the epilepsy clinic including EEG-video monitoring, MRI and other specialized procedures. Additional consultations such as neuropsychology evaluations and neurosurgical evaluations may be necessary.
Potential therapeutic options such as new anti-epileptic drugs and epilepsy surgery are determined for each patient. Some patients are followed long term in the Epilepsy Clinic, while most are returned to their primary neurologist for ongoing care.
Inpatients are seen in the UK nurseries and Kentucky Children's Hospital. Outpatients are seen in the Kentucky Clinic (Neurology) as well as in eight eastern Kentucky counties where clinics are held in conjunction with the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN). Once a month there is a Muscular Dystrophy Association affiliated clinic for children with various forms of neuromuscular disease.
The University of Kentucky has been providing specialized care in epilepsy for more than two decades. We are the only providers of such care for central and eastern Kentucky. We provide both outpatient services through the Kentucky Clinic and inpatient care at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Our services include epilepsy clinics, an active epilepsy surgery program and clinical trials in epilepsy, thus offering patients a broad range of advanced forms of seizure therapy unavailable elsewhere.
New referrals, established patients, and individuals enrolled in clinical trials are all seen in the epilepsy clinic. Adult patients undergoing phase I monitoring (noninvasive video-EEG monitoring) and phase II (invasive) monitoring are hospitalized in the Epilepsy monitoring unit of UK Chandler Hospital. Children are admitted to Kentucky Children's Hospital where video-EEG monitoring is performed with a portable unit. Outpatient ambulatory EEG studies are offered through the UK EEG laboratory.
We have ongoing clinical trials involving epilepsy and antiepileptic medications for infants, children and adults. We are extensively involved in research, both at the University of Kentucky and in collaboration with other prominent epilepsy centers regionally and nationally.