Focus On with Dr. Sadek: What is an Epileptologist and why should I see one?
An epileptologist is a type of neurologist that has special interest and training in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes repeated seizures. Most epileptologists receive an additional 1-2 years of subspecialty training in the treatment of epilepsy and interpretation of electroencephalograms (EEGs). Often, seizures can closely resemble other medical conditions such as fainting spells, panic attacks, heart problems, and tremors, and it is critical to confirm the correct diagnosis in order to ensure proper treatment. EEGs are often best interpreted by physicians who have quality training and experience in order to avoid misdiagnosis. Epileptologists are often able to give a more precise diagnosis of the type and prognosis of epilepsy.
If an individual’s seizures fail to be controlled after a trial of 2-3 medications, surgery for epilepsy is often considered. This type of specialized treatment for epilepsy is often recommended and managed by epileptologists who have more extensive knowledge of these treatments.
In addition, there are many other aspects of an individual’s medical care that can benefit from the opinion of a specialist. People with epilepsy often have concerns regarding other issues such as medications, pregnancy, driving, and disability which an epileptologist is often more equipped to handle. Consider consultation with an epileptologist at Orlando Epilepsy Center to get the epilepsy care you deserve.