Dr. Ardeshna has collected a few of the most dramatic case studies which will prove that our work can make a “life or death” difference when an accurate diagnosis is made based on EEG findings, which can lead to proper treatment, and in some cases surgical resection. This presentation will reaffirm the value of neurodiagnostics and the role we play in improving the quality of life for our patients. Despite many recent improvements in medicine and access to health care in the US, many individuals with seizures or epilepsy have not been to see an epileptologist or even a neurologist, nor have they had the appropriate neurodiagnostic testing, which is part of the standard of care for these patients. Consequently, many of these patients continue to have seizures despite being on anti-epileptic medications/drugs, or have not been offered additional therapy options. Moreover, some of these individuals do not even know that they are having seizures because they have been having “episodes” for years, which have not been accurately diagnosed. Furthermore, some individuals are on anti-epileptic medications for events that resemble seizures, but they may not be actually having them. All of these factors increase visits to physicians and hospitals because the patient may not be receiving the proper care if they are not under the care of a physician and neurodiagnostic team that specializes in these conditions. As a team, neurodiagnostic technologists, epileptologists and neurologists play a pivotal role in the diagnosis and management of these patients. In addition to providing high quality care, implicit in all of our work is to increase the awareness of the availability of specialized diagnostic modalities, including but not limited to EEG, critical care/long-term EEG, and epilepsy monitoring for the diagnosis and management of seizures and epilepsy.
Author: Nikesh Ardeshna, M.D.