Epilepsy and Seizures
Epilepsy is the third most common neurological condition in the United States, affecting more than 30 million Americans. Epilepsy is caused by a brief, strong surge of electrical activity that involves all or part of the brain and results in a seizure. While it can develop anytime, young children and older adults seem most susceptible to this medical condition. Medication, therapy, and individualized care are provided to relieve patients and manage this condition.
Before treatment begins, Conemaugh Health System physicians conduct a comprehensive assessment including physical exam, extensive medical history interview, and review of previous treatment methods.
Additional diagnostic tests may be ordered, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, positron emission tomography (PET) scans, or computed tomography (CT) scans.
Conemaugh Health System offers telemedicine for transition of youth and young adults with epilepsy from pediatric to adult healthcare, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is the only unit between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg that allows neuroscience specialists to watch seizures as they happen, greatly assisting in epilepsy treatment. By combining electroencephalogram (EEG) technology with round-the-clock observation, Conemaugh's Epilepsy team closely monitors the patient to determine conditions that lead up to, and trigger, seizures.
On average, it takes three to five days for the Epilepsy team to obtain and evaluate appropriate seizure activity. Family members are encouraged to remain with their loved ones to provide comfort and support during their stay. Family perspectives also help doctors determine if activities that occur during the Monitoring Unit stay accurately reflect what happens at home. Based on these observations and findings, the team will work with the patient’s primary care physician to develop a comprehensive care plan.
- Three beds with EMU video / audio recording
- Three-five day stay during monitoring
- Staff educated / trained specifically to care for epilepsy and seizure patients
- EMU Technicians available 24 / 7
- Neurologist oversees care of each patient and provides treatment options and care after discharge
HealthBreak - Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
Dr. Nicholas Lanciano describes the importance of Conemaugh’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, and how it can help determine the best treatments for patients with seizures.
The Conemaugh Epilepsy Team meets regularly to review each patient's progress. A treatment plan is customized for each patient and may include.
- Medical management through the use of prescription medication
- Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), which uses technology similar to a heart pacemaker to help reduce seizures and decrease medication
Epilepsy Support Group
Meets the first Wednesdsay of each month
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Conemaugh East Hills
1450 Scalp Avenue, Johnstown, PA 15904
Community Room, Suite 2400
Phone: (814) 269-5241
Please call to confirm time and dates, especially around holidays.
Conemaugh Neuroscience and Pain Institute
Conemaugh East Hills Outpatient Center
1450 Scalp Avenue, Second Floor
Johnstown, PA 15904
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
1086 Franklin Street
Rose Pavilion, 10th Floor
Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814) 534-5982