Epilepsy and seizure care in Nashville, Tennessee

TriStar Health hospitals' board-certified epileptologists and neurologists in Middle Tennessee are experts in seizures and seizure disorders. We will work with you and your loved ones to determine the best way to control seizures and manage symptoms.

For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder. Patients with this condition have abnormal nerve cell activity in the brain, causing seizures. Symptoms associated with an epileptic seizure include:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dementia
  • Muscle ticks and tremors
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Memory loss

Diagnostic tests for epilepsy

If you're at risk of epilepsy or are experiencing symptoms, your neurologist may recommend imaging tests. To diagnose a seizure disorder, you may need:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Audio/video electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring

Neurological care in our epilepsy monitoring units

We offer specialized epilepsy monitoring units (EMUs) to evaluate, diagnose and treat seizures in patients of all ages. The EMUs are designed for 24/7 audio and video monitoring. Our doctors use this equipment to identify where seizures begin in the brain.

Patients who suffer from seizures are likely to be admitted to an EMU. If you are being considered for seizure surgery, you will also be admitted to an EMU. On average, patients are monitored for three to five days.

Rehabilitation for patients with epilepsy

Epilepsy is associated with several neurological side effects, such as irritability, clumsiness and changes in emotions, memory or behavior. Epilepsy may also affect learning.

To help manage these symptoms, you can take advantage of neurorehabilitation. This is a special type of therapy tailored to the specific effects of neurological disorders and diseases. For people recovering from epilepsy treatment, neurorehabilitation can help with:

  • Balance and strength
  • Cognitive impairments, such as trouble with memory and concentration
  • Depression, stress, anxiety and other issues related to behavioral health
  • Dizziness