Epilepsy Center and Monitoring Unit

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The Lakeland Epilepsy Center (LEC) is designed for adult patients with epilepsy or related seizure disorders and offers phase 1 pre-surgical workups. The LEC offers an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) where physicians can monitor patients before, during and after a seizure to better understand the type of seizure activity and to find the optimal treatment.

Epilepsy and related seizure disorders can sometimes be difficult to manage. Being able to provide a safe and controlled environment for patients to receive around-the-clock observation, care and treatment from a team of clinical professionals benefits patients and helps physicians to tailor a more individualized treatment plan for seizure management. 

Exceptional Care

The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) provides a way for physicians and clinical specialists to monitor seizures to find the most appropriate seizure treatment plan for you or your loved one.

yasser shahrour

Board-Certified Neurologist

Yasser Shahrour, MD

What to Expect

Patients are typically monitored from two to seven days through the use of specialized equipment, such as Video-EEG which records a patient’s brain electrical activity and body movements. The information collected provides the EMU team with a clearer understanding of the seizure type, localization, its frequency, how long it lasts and how it responds to various seizure medications. With that information in hand, our board-certified team of epileptologists (neurologists specializing in seizure disorders) can then develop a more customized treatment plan for the patient. 

During the Monitoring

Patients in the EMU are recorded on video and computerized electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring equipment.  Electrodes are attached to the scalp for 24 hours each day to record movements, speech and brain waves, allowing the team to monitor daily activities and gain valuable information about the seizures so the most appropriate treatment plan can be developed. 

Patients are provided an alert button to press to anytime they feel a seizure starting or even an aura that often precedes a seizure. Microphones are also included in each room so the team can hear patients during the event. 

Interested in Learning More?

You can reach our EMU by calling 863.687.1100 ext.2283.