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Hospital labeled epilepsy center



Published: Tue, July 12, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- The Ohio Department of Health's Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps has designated Forum Health Tod Children's Hospital as a Level-3 epilepsy center.

The bureau helps pay for services provided to children with certain medical diagnoses.

Tod's epilepsy center provides neurodiagnostic procedures and treatment. One of the diagnostic services provided through the center is video EEG, which is essential to distinguish between epilepsy and nonepileptic events, according to a Forum Health news release.

Video EEG helps to determine the best treatment for a patient with seizures, which, besides medication, may also include a recommendation for vagal nerve stimulation or epilepsy surgery. EEG is a specialized service that only designated centers provide, based on guidelines established by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, the news release said.

Families with children suffering from epilepsy who qualify can now receive state-funded care by receiving treatment at Tod's. Other Level-3 designated epilepsy centers in Ohio include sites in Dayton and Columbus.

For more information, call Dianne Kulasa-Luke at (330) 884-5787.




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