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Seizures & Epilepsy

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A seizure occurs when one or more parts of the brain has a burst of abnormal electrical signals. Anything that interrupts the normal connections between nerve cells in the brain can cause a seizure. But when a person has recurrent seizures not due to a temporary health problem, this is diagnosed as epilepsy. 

The two main categories of epileptic seizures are focal (partial) seizure and generalized seizure. Focal seizures can spread to become generalized seizures.

Epilepsy, a brain condition that causes recurring seizures, is one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, affecting people of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds.

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UR Medicine's Treatments for Seizures & Epilepsy

If you experience a seizure and do not have any history of seizures, you can seek care at an emergency room closest to you. If you have a history of seizures, your primary care provider can offer care. Depending on your diagnosis, your provider may refer you to UR Medicine's epilepsy specialists. 

Our experts identify the particular type of seizure, so we can develop an individualized medicine-based and/or surgical treatment plan for patients. The goal is to improve a patient's life, including doing everything possible to allow patients to continue working, driving, and feeling well overall.

For children with signs of epilepsy, our pediatric epilepsy specialists provide evaluations and a wide range of treatment options including medications, dietary therapies, implantable neurostimulators, and surgeries. Our goal is to maximize your child’s quality of life and minimize the impact of seizures on your child and your family.

Our seasoned epilepsy specialists include pediatric epileptologists (pediatric and adult neurologists with specialized training in epilepsy), researchers, general neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, and specially trained nurse practitioners, nurses, and technologists.

Patient Stories

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Carl was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy caused by a cavernoma, which meant the epilepsy drugs wouldn't work. Carl required surgery to remove the dried blood. Hear his story.


What Sets Us Apart?

The UR Medicine Epilepsy Center is the only certified, level-4 epilepsy center in the region. Recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, level-4 epilepsy centers have shown to have the expertise and facilities to provide the highest level of medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Since 1989, we have treated thousands of people with epilepsy, helping many of them manage their seizures better and enjoy normal, active lives.


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5 locations

Epilepsy Center - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14642

Epilepsy Center - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building C
919 Westfall Road, Suite 220
Rochester, NY 14618

Epilepsy Center - Brighton

Clinton Crossings, Building F
2400 South Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618

Pediatric Neurology - Brighton

Kirch Development Center
200 East River Road, 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY 14623

Neuromedicine ICU - 8-1200 - Rochester

Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 673
Rochester, NY 14642

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