Patients with persistent seizures may be referred for long-term
video-EEG monitoring, only available in the region at the
Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
at Rhode Island Hospital
The Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (CEP) is the only center in our area that provides the full spectrum of care for epilepsy patients—from initial diagnosis to treatment of the most challenging cases. Our physicians specialize in all the areas of epilepsy patient care, including care for those with acute or persistent seizures, elderly patients, pregnant patients, developmentally disabled patients and pediatric patients.
Our physicians are specialists in identifying and treating specific types of seizures. In addition to the precise identification of types of epileptic seizures, we also diagnose non-epileptic seizures, which are a very common condition that mimics epilepsy. Having psychological causes, they are diagnosed and treated in collaboration with the Division of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology. Accurate, complete diagnosis is critical in determining an optimal treatment plan for patients suffering from seizure disorders.
Diagnostic Evaluation to determine whether seizures are epileptic or on-epileptic. Long-term video-EEG monitoring (LTM) is used to secure the precise diagnosis and to direct future treatment options
Evaluation to determine whether patients could benefit from surgery, vagus nerve stimulation, or a dietary approach or different course of medication to manage their epilepsy
Medication Management to ensure that medications are precisely tailored so that patients receive the most effective type and dosage to control their seizures
Acute Inpatient Care and long-term monitoring for patients with persistent acute seizures that are resistant to medical management
Emergency Treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) if seizures are severe and life-threatening, or if they occur in the context of other medical or neurologic conditions such as encephalitis, stroke, hemorrhage, or cancer
Women with concerns about pregnancy or contraception
Elderly patients, who may also be more sensitive to side effects and have unique metabolic concerns that impact their medical management
Pediatric patients, for whom treatments need to
be carefully tailored to maximize seizure control and
minimize impact on cognition and learning, among other
Our group of pediatric epileptologists, led by director John N. Gaitanis, has extensive expertise in treating children with epilepsy, and they see outpatients in the child friendly environment of the Children’s Neurodevelopmental Center (CNDC).
Developmentally disabled patients, who may need support in administration of medication, adherence to schedule, and monitoring of effectiveness and possible side effects
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903