Epilepsy Center

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that predisposes a person to experience seizures. There are many causes of epilepsy, such as traumatic brain injury, infections, or brain tumors. The cause can also be genetic or run in families.

The only Level 4 Epilepsy Center in New Hampshire

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The Epilepsy Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is accredited as a level 4 epilepsy center, as designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.

Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

People with epilepsy can experience various seizure types, resulting in:

  • Physical injury.
  • Mental health issues.
  • Loss of employment.
  • Loss of independence.

We are trained to deliver the most up-to-date treatments for epilepsy, including the latest:

  • Medications.
  • Diet therapies.
  • Brain stimulation.
  • Brain surgery.

Our team will guide you through the entire process, from diagnosis to treatment. If you do have epilepsy, we can help you control your seizures.

About seizures

A seizure is a sudden change in behavior due to excessive electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can last seconds or minutes. There are many types of seizures. Seizures can range from episodes of unresponsive staring to whole-body convulsions.

No matter how severe your seizure is, if it is your first, you should seek emergency medical help. Having a seizure doesn't necessarily mean you have epilepsy. Anyone can experience a seizure.

That's why it's essential to have a thorough evaluation. An evaluation lets you and your doctors understand what types of seizures you are experiencing and what is causing them.

About epilepsy

Epilepsy is a condition that causes repeated seizures. Epilepsy has many causes, although often, we cannot determine a cause.

Epilepsy can be caused by:

  • Brain infection.
  • Family history of epilepsy.
  • Injury.
  • Stroke.
  • Tumor.
  • Other factors.

Because so many issues come into play, you need to track when you have seizures and what factors may have led to them. Treatment may not work as well as it used to because of pregnancy, insomnia, medications, or other issues. It is important to keep in touch with your doctor about your health.

Learn about our epilepsy treatments and services.