In our last blog post, we went over what an EEG test is and why a patient might opt for this treatment. As we mentioned, one of the greatest uses for EEG is epilepsy and seizures. Since seizures stem from abnormal nerve cell activity in the brain, using EEG to track these patterns can give very valuable insight into causes and controls over the condition.
With the addition of our newest provider, Dr. Patricia Myers, we have gained an invaluable asset in treatment methods in this area. Dr. Myers completed her neurology degree with a special interest in epilepsy. This expertise was further refined during a fellowship she completed in neurophysiology, including EEG. By analyzing EEG results, Dr. Myers can determine whether epilepsy is the likely cause of seizures or what possible factors contribute to episodes.
The results of an EEG essentially monitor the attempted communications between brain cells called neurones. These interactions of impulses between the neurones are used to control and support bodily function. Although it is impossible to track activity of individual neurones because of how small both they and the charge they give off is, EEG makes it possible to track brain function across various areas of the brain. However, there is no typical reading produced by all seizures during an EEG as they just show up as disruption from normal brain activity. Similarly, the types of activity that alarming in children varies from that which is considered abnormal in adults. For this reason the experience of a seizure during the test can provide valuable data for diagnosis and therefore some tests are run for up to 72 hours with a portable device.
EEGs are an important tool for working to treat epilepsy and seizures. By understanding a patient’s individual condition and areas of concern, productive control parameters can be better put in place. We are lucky to have Dr. Myers on our team treating both adolescents and adults in this area.