Your University of Minnesota Health MINCEP® Epilepsy Care team includes epileptologists, specially trained neurologists who focus on epilepsy and other seizure disorders, plus psychologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse clinicians, pharmacists, neurologists and neurosurgeons who are recognized nationally for their clinical research and innovative care. The MINCEP Epilepsy Care program has been designated a Level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Care Center in recognition of providing the highest level of complex evaluation, monitoring and treatment.
A standard EEG, which records electrical activity in the brain, can be very helpful in the diagnosis of epilepsy. But unless you experience a seizure during the short time the EEG is running, the test may not yield helpful results. Continuous video EEG provides more information than a standard EEG. First, recordings last hours to days, which increases the chance you will have a seizure during the test. Second, it combines a standard EEG with video monitoring that captures your movements and vocalizations. So if a seizure occurs, physicians can correlate EEG and clinical activity. This allows physicians to determine seizure type and where seizures start. This information is very helpful in deciding the best treatment.
A video EEG may be done in the clinic or in the hospital. Standard EEG leads are attached to your head with a paste. Your health care team may do something to bring on a seizure while you undergo this test, such as reduce your anti-seizure medication or ask you to stay up all night prior to the test. They will be monitoring you closely the entire time to keep you safe.