Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

Designated by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers with its highest distinction level as a level 4 center, the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Program is ranked among the top comprehensive centers in the nation.

Comprehensive Epilepsy Program
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Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-723-6469 Getting Here
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Care and Treatment of Epilepsy

Treatments

Epilepsy surgery

Surgical options to control seizures and improve quality of life for patients with seizures that cannot be controlled by medications.

Functional mapping

A mapping procedure to identify brain regions that are involved in specific functions prior to epilepsy surgery.

Corpus callosum resection (split-brain operation)

An operation that severs the corpus callosum, interrupting the spread of seizures from hemisphere to hemisphere in the brain.

Hemispherectomy

A surgical procedure where one cerebral hemisphere is removed or disabled to treat a variety of seizure disorders where the source of the epilepsy is localized to a broad area of a single hemisphere of the brain.

Vagus nerve stimulation

A procedure in which a device is surgically implanted to stimulate the vagus nerve with electrical impulses.

Wada (intracarotid amobarbital) test

A medical procedure conducted to evaluate and identify speech and memory functions, and locations in the brain.

Ketogenic diet

A high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet used to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy which forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates and seems to alter brain function and decrease seizure activity.

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

For Patients

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International Patients
Phone: +1 650-723-8561
Email: IMS@stanfordmed.org

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For Health Care Professionals

We will see patients with intractable epilepsy within two weeks of referral. Referring physicians can sometimes arrange a direct admission for video EEG monitoring.

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811 
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TRANSFER CENTER

Phone: 1-800-800-1551,  24 hours - 7 days a week

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

HOW TO REFER

Patients with difficult to treat epilepsy should be referred to a comprehensive epilepsy center for advanced diagnostic and treatment options. To refer a patient, fax a referral form to 650-725-0390.

Referrals include:

  • Patients with intractable epilepsy who have tried at least two different antiepileptic medications, but still suffer from seizures that affect their quality of life.
  • Patients who have disabling side effects from their seizure medicines.
  • Pregnant women with epilepsy or women with epilepsy who wish to become pregnant.
  • Patients with severe co-morbidities of epilepsy.
  • Patients who are difficult to diagnose or who may have one of the many imitators of epilepsy.
  • Any patient who might be a candidate for resective surgery or neuro-implantation to treat their epilepsy.

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