The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Recognized by the NAEC As a Level 4 Epilepsy Center

April 10, 2012 - 11:06am

NYU Langone Medical Center announced today its Comprehensive Epilepsy Center was recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) as a Level 4 epilepsy center.  Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

“As a Level 4 epilepsy center we offer the most complex forms of intensive epilepsy monitoring, extensive neuropsychological and psychosocial services, and neurosurgical services for epilepsy treatment,” said Orrin Devinsky, MD, professor of neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry at NYU Langone and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.  “Excellence in patient care is our mission and our dedication to our patients' quality of life is the driving force behind our commitment and our success.”

NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is among the largest epilepsy centers in the United States, providing patients with state-of-the-art technology and a multifaceted, expert team of healthcare professionals from technicians to neurosurgeons.

Epilepsy is a disorder in which a person has two or more unprovoked seizures (unprovoked seizures are not brought on by a clear cause such as alcohol withdrawal, heart problems, or extremely low blood sugar). An estimated 2.7 million Americans suffer from some form of epilepsy. Diagnosing and treating epilepsy is a multistep process that can involve complex testing and can be undertaken by different specialties. Medical professionals caring for epilepsy patients vary in their skill and approach to diagnosing epilepsy, determining seizure type, identifying causation, and administering appropriate therapy. For these reasons, the NAEC developed levels of epilepsy care as a tool for evaluating the appropriateness and quality of specialized epilepsy care.

Level 4 epilepsy centers provide the more complex and comprehensive forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment for epilepsy patients. Level 4 centers also offer a complete evaluation for epilepsy surgery including intracranial electrodes and provide a broad range of surgical procedures for epilepsy.

For additional information on NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, please visit http://epilepsy.med.nyu.edu/. For additional information about NAEC, please visit: www.naec-epilepsy.org.   

 
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