USF Health is home to a comprehensive epilepsy program and our neurologists develop individualized care plans for patients with epilepsy that include a range of therapies, from pharmaceutical management to surgical options. As an academic medical center, we are uniquely qualified to provide the most comprehensive care of complex cases of epilepsy, especially for patients with difficult to control seizures. Epilepsy, a disorder of the central nervous system, can be disruptive to daily life, but there are treatments that can help effectively manage this condition.
Based on guidelines established by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers USF Health's Epilepsy Program, based at Tampa General Hospital, is a fourth (highest) level medical and surgical epilepsy center. We are one of four centers in the state of Florida, and the only one in West Central Florida, with this level of expertise. With more than 50 respective surgeries per year since 2003, we are now the highest volume surgical epilepsy center in Florida.
The Brain Sentinel® Seizure Monitoring and Alerting System has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used on the belly of the biceps muscle to analyze surface electromyographs (sEMG) signals that may be associated with generalized tonic-clonic (GTC) seizures, and to provide an alarm to alert caregivers of certain movements of the body that could be associated with a GTC seizure. GTC seizures are the most common type of seizures. They are seizures that affect the electrical activity of the entire brain. sEMG is a technique use to look at electrical activity of muscle and skeletal groups. The purpose of this research is to determine the System’s performance, its ease of use for patients and physicians, and to collect observational data related to the clinical utility of the System in an outpatient setting in patients with a history of motor seizures.
To enroll in this study at USF please contact Tara McTigue at (813)259-0826.
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