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Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that is characterized by habitual/recurrent epileptic attacks, and develops in various age groups ranging from infants to elderly persons at a high frequency (prevalence: 0.4 to 0.9%). Epilepsy, of which the causes and pathological conditions depend on individual patients, is difficult to diagnose, and in many cases specialized knowledge and experiences are required for treatment. Against this background, only a few medical facilities specialize in epilepsy in Japan.
Our center was founded to provide comprehensive medical care services specializing in epilepsy in cooperation with clinical sections and departments treating patients with epilepsy. We strive to provide medical care services, ranging from diagnosis using various advanced diagnostic equipment to epileptic surgery, most appropriate for individual medical conditions to patients with intractable epilepsy that cannot be controlled with antiepileptic agents, over all age groups from infants to elderly persons.
In our center, a group of physicians and surgeons specializing in Pediatrics, Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, and Neurosurgery, as well as co-medicals (registered nurses, clinical psychotherapists, social workers, etc.), provides interdisciplinary medical care services to patients with epilepsy.
Patients with epilepsy are diagnosed in such a manner that first, the pathological conditions of attack and other clinical manifestations are closely examined, and then imaging tests are performed to privide a comprehensive diagnosis, including electrophysiological tests such as: an electroencephalogram (EEG), long-term video EEG monitoring, and a magnetoencephalogram; plus MRI and nuclear scanning (SPECT, PET). Subsequently, at regular clinical conferences, the pathological condition of the patient is discussed from various viewpoints of individual specialty sections to determine the definite diagnosis and treatment policies. We also treat neurological manifestation associated with epilepsy and perform epilepsy surgery. For patients who may be treated by surgery, their attack focuses are examined by intracranial electrode monitoring if necessary, and functional assessment is performed to avoid damage occurring consequently due to resection. In treating patients with epilepsy using a full variety of medical techniques, we are not only committed to controlling attacks, but also to assessing the neuropsychological effects of epilepsy and its medical treatment on patients, and those on growth in pediatric patients.
To have consultation in our center, your patients need to bring a referral letter from their medical facility or clinic with them. Please inform the Social Service Department of your desire that your patients have a consultation in our center. The person in charge will make an appointment for consultation in the appropriate clinical section depending on the age and pathological condition of the patient described in your referral letter.
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