Seizure care at Mayo Clinic

Your Mayo Clinic care team

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At Mayo Clinic, your doctor takes time to listen so that you get exactly the care you need.

To evaluate and treat seizures, Mayo Clinic's world-renowned neurologists, neurosurgeons, imaging specialists (radiologists), mental health specialists (neuropsychologists) and other professionals work together to provide exactly the care you need.

Having all of this subspecialized expertise in a single place, focused on you, means that you're not just getting one opinion. Your care is discussed among the team, your test results are available quickly, appointments are scheduled in coordination, and the most highly specialized epilepsy experts in the world are all working together for you.

What might take months to accomplish elsewhere can typically be done in only a matter of days at Mayo Clinic.

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Mayo Clinic offers inpatient video-EEG monitoring of brain activity to aid in diagnosing and treating seizures.

Advanced diagnosis and treatment

Mayo Clinic epilepsy care teams use advanced technology, including subtraction ictal SPECT coregistered to MRI (SISCOM), electroencephalography, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and other tests to accurately diagnose epilepsy. Each Mayo Clinic location offers inpatient video-EEG epilepsy monitoring.

With state-of-the-art research and laboratory facilities, Mayo Clinic experts are constantly seeking new medical knowledge and innovations for people who have seizures. Today's research teams are studying potential treatments, including new medications, implantable brain stimulation devices and new surgical options. A variety of clinical trials and other clinical studies may be available to you at Mayo Clinic.

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Mayo Clinic care teams are equipped with the latest in technology and expertise to provide leading edge diagnosis and treatment techniques.

Nationally recognized expertise

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers rates all Mayo Clinic campuses as level 4 epilepsy centers, providing the highest level of diagnosis and treatment options for people who have seizures.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings; specialists in Minnesota interact very closely with colleagues across Mayo Clinic Health System and in the Arizona and Florida campuses. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

The Mayo Clinic experience and patient stories

Our patients tell us that the quality of their interactions, our attention to detail and the efficiency of their visits mean health care like they've never experienced. See the stories of satisfied Mayo Clinic patients.

  1. Brain Surgery Finally Secures Restful Nights for Jo Weir

    Following cutting-edge brain scanning and precision surgery, Jo Weir is catching up on decades of sleep lost to nighttime seizures, and she's relishing her renewed energy. After more than 40 years, Jo Marie Weir is sleeping soundly. Plagued by nocturnal seizures that disrupted her nights since she was a teenager, Jo searched for decades to [...]

  2. Finally Sleeping Soundly and Seizure-Free

    After years of dealing with nighttime seizures, an Illinois man found the relief he sought after Mayo Clinic surgeons precisely mapped the source of his seizures. Evan Bachtold's wife, Rachel, used to be afraid of going to sleep. Lying next to her husband, who had epilepsy, each sound he uttered and every move he made [...]

  3. Saving Grace: Finding Hope for a Seizure-Free Future

    After suffering her first epileptic seizure at just 10 days of age, Grace Chan required six separate brain surgeries as surgeons worked to remove the harmful tissue that was causing her seizures. Ten days after giving birth, Christina Chen, M.D., was feeding her newborn daughter, Grace, when the young child's arms and head suddenly began [...]

  4. Stopping the Seizures

    After brain surgery at Mayo Clinic, Xander Torres is a healthy, happy kid "My hand is wiggly." When 4-year-old Xander Torres said these words to his mother, Sarah, she had no idea the long journey they would begin. "To be honest, I didn't think much about it at first," she says. Several weeks went by [...]

Expertise and rankings

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Mayo Clinic specialists have the experience and resources to provide expert, personalized care to every person.

Mayo Clinic's epilepsy experts provide comprehensive care for nearly 13,000 adults and children with seizures each year. As a Mayo Clinic patient, you benefit from:

  • Teamwork. Mayo Clinic neurologists, neurosurgeons, imaging specialists (radiologists), mental health specialists (neuropsychologists) and others work together to diagnose and treat adults and children with epilepsy.
  • Advanced diagnostic tools. Mayo Clinic doctors use advanced technology, including subtraction ictal SPECT coregistered to MRI (SISCOM), electroencephalography, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and other tests to accurately diagnose epilepsy. Each Mayo Clinic location offers an inpatient video-EEG epilepsy monitoring unit.
  • Cutting-edge techniques and technology. Mayo Clinic doctors have expertise treating seizures, with medications, vagus nerve stimulation, epilepsy surgery, awake brain surgery, ketogenic diet and other options. Mayo Clinic surgeons use computer-assisted brain surgery to precisely operate in your brain.
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Mayo Clinic neurologists and neurosurgeons collaborate to find the best treatment approach for each patient.

Nationally recognized expertise

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) rates all Mayo Clinic campuses as level 4 epilepsy centers, providing the highest level of diagnosis and treatment options for people with epilepsy.

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., ranks No. 1 for neurology and neurosurgery in the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings; specialists in Minnesota interact very closely with colleagues across Mayo Clinic Health System and in the Arizona and Florida campuses. Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., are ranked among the Best Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report. Mayo Clinic also ranks among the Best Children's Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery.

Learn more about Mayo Clinic's neurosurgery and neurology departments' expertise and rankings.

March 03, 2018