Epilepsy is a chronic brain disorder involving seizures, which are brief disturbances of brain function that change your attention or your behavior.
Epilepsy is known as a spectrum disorder, which means that the condition can range in both severity and symptom presentation from person to person. It can be dangerous and life-threatening, or much less harmful. If you are diagnosed with epilepsy, you are not alone. Affecting people of all ages — 65 million worldwide — it is the fourth most common neurological disorder.
The St. Luke’s Epilepsy Program is a Level 3 Epilepsy Center accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, or NAEC. The Level 3 designation means that our center provides a wide range of medical expertise to treat refractory epilepsy. This includes fellowship-trained and board-certified epileptologists (clinicians who have gone through training in neurology and with specific training in epilepsy), advanced practitioners who focus on epilepsy patients, a neurophysiology staff, neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists, neuropsychologists, and psychosocial services.
The Epilepsy Foundation is a great resource for further information about epilepsy, seizures, treatment, community and social support groups, patient assistance programs, and recommendations regarding living with epilepsy.
Additional information about epilepsy can be found at these websites:
- Epilepsy Foundation: epilepsy.com
Information about regional support group meetings, education programs, and events can be found at the regional branch websites:
- Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania:efepa.org
- Epilepsy Foundation New Jersey: epilepsy.com/new-jersey
The Epilepsy Foundation runs the Epilepsy & Seizures 24/7 Helpline for more information and referral line to help answer questions about epilepsy and seizures, and offers support and guidance. The toll-free helpline 1-800-332-1000 or visit epilepsy.com/living-epilepsy/247-helpline