Specialized seizure monitoring in a comfortable environment
The Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Valley Hospital offers a comfortable, stress-free environment for observation of seizure activity. Under the medical direction of John T. Nasr, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist who specializes in epilepsy, the unit provides 24-hour observation by neurologists, nurses and trained technicians who specialize in caring for patients with neurologic conditions.
A comfortable, non-invasive process
Patients generally spend two to five days in a private room where they are monitored with around-the-clock electroencephalogram (EEG) readings and video feed. The EEG measures brain waves through electrodes placed on the scalp and the video camera provides constant views of the patient for the medical and the nursing staff to evaluate. Patients may also undergo blood testing and an imaging study of the brain (MRI, SPECT, or PET scan) while they are here.
Patients undergoing observation are not confined to bed and may move about the floor as they wish. They may wear their own clothes and pajamas, eat food brought from home, and bring books, craftwork, puzzles, laptop computers and any other items that will help pass the time more pleasurably.
Network monitoring for acute care patients
When patients who are already hospitalized in one of our acute care units require epilepsy monitoring, our epilepsy team can evaluate them via state-of-the-art network monitoring equipment that is flexible enough to provide all the necessary information from any hospital location.
After the monitoring has been completed, our board-certified epileptologists will interpret the results and make a diagnosis, usually before you leave the hospital. If it is epilepsy, there are many different treatment methods to manage it, including medications, diet, electrical stimulation and surgery. Please follow the link for more information.
Valley's Advanced Services
If epilepsy is ruled out and another medical condition is suspected, The Valley Hospital offers the complete range of services needed to diagnose and treat these other problems. Valley is one of only several hospitals in New Jersey to be designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
To optimize its diagnostic capabilities, the Valley Hospital’s Neuroscience Center of Excellence has added a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, brain aneurysms, brain and neck tumors, and other neurological conditions with the acquisition of a state-of-the-art neurointerventional biplane angiography system.
For cardiac conditions, the skills and expertise of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons from Valley's Heart and Vascular Institute are utilized. At Valley's Daniel & Gloria Blumenthal Cancer Center patients receive diagnostic and treatment services for brain tumors, including the use of non-surgical stereotactic radiosurgery to destroy cancerous tumors.
For more information
Patients are usually scheduled for an epilepsy study by their referring neurologist or Dr. Nasr. For more information about the Adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at The Valley Hospital, please call 201-447-8311.