Epilepsy Diagnosis & Treatment Long Island

Dr. James Bruno – Long Island Epilepsy Specialist

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder where brain activity becomes abnormal. This abnormal brain activity causes periods of unusual behavior, sensations, and sometimes loss of awareness known as seizures.  Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages. Individuals with epilepsy experience at least two unprovoked seizures in order to be diagnosed as epileptic. Treatment for epilepsy in Suffolk County can include medications or even surgery to help regulate the seizures.

Symptoms of epilepsy can present themselves differently from people to people.  Some individuals may just stare blankly for a short period of time during a seizure, while some will twitch their arms or legs repeatedly.  Other symptoms of seizures include:

·      Loss of consciousness or awareness

·      State of confusion

·      Psychological symptoms (fear or anxiety)

Seizure symptoms may also differ based on the type of seizure the individual has had.  The types of epileptic seizures include generalized seizures, partial seizures, or absence seizures. Generalized seizures occur when all areas of the brain are involved while partial seizures occur when only one part is involved.  Absence seizures are more common in children and may go undetected due to the fact that they only last for a short period of time.

If you’re looking for epilepsy treatment on Long Island contact Dr. James Bruno today!  Dr. Bruno offers a diagnostic method called Electroencephalogram (EEG) which detects abnormalities in brain waves. When going through this test, doctors attach electrodes to your scalp that record the brain’s electrical activity. After collecting all the data, doctors normally begin treating epilepsy with medication to help manage or prevent the seizures. However, if the medication does not treat the seizures, your doctor may suggest surgery.