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Conemaugh Neuroscience and Pain Institute
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
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 Physician Group - Neurology 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. Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
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.