Epilepsy & Seizures

Expert Care for Epilepsy in New Jersey

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that makes an individual more susceptible to seizures. This condition can be life-threatening, which is why seeking medical treatment immediately after a suffering a seizure. Our skilled neurologists will perform a thorough screening to determine the cause of the seizure and develop a treatment plan so you can prevent another one from occurring.

Several of our facilities offer access to the Epilepsy Monitoring Program. This program utilizes advanced technology to monitor the brain in order to figure out why the seizure occurred and diagnose epilepsy. We provide comprehensive, lifelong care for patients who suffer from seizure disorders.

What is a Seizure?

A seizure is a sudden burst of electrical activity in the brain that causes the body to act erratically and uncontrollably. A number of factors may be responsible for a seizure occurring, making it difficult to pinpoint the exact cause without a thorough examination. If you have one seizure, it is very likely that you will have another within 6 months without treatment.

Seizures affect everyone differently. While you may have a mental image of someone writhing on the floor, seizures can be far more subtle, and may even go unnoticed by the person having them.

The following are possible indicators that someone is having, or recently had a seizure:

  • Strange, unresponsive behavior seemingly out of nowhere
  • Eyes rolling upward
  • Sudden alertness after a brief period of nonresponsive behavior
  • They feel a tingling or numb sensation in parts of the body
  • Sudden muscle spasms and uncontrollable jerking of the arms or legs

If you recognize the signs of a seizure, consult with your doctor immediately and get their take on whether or not the event was a true seizure.

Managing Epilepsy

A person who suffers from one seizure has a high chance of developing epilepsy. Epilepsy can also be caused by a stroke, dementia, brain injury, and the use of certain medications. If you or a loved one recently suffered a seizure, it is best to consult with an epilepsy specialist for a diagnosis. Emergency room professionals do not have the same in-depth epilepsy training or access to the technology necessary for diagnosing the condition.

Saint Barnabas Medical Center
94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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