Piecing together the puzzle

New clinic established for diagnosing seizures

New clinic established for diagnosing seizures

Approximately 90,000 people in Kentucky and Southern Indiana are living with epilepsy, a disorder characterized by recurring seizures. With more than 20 different types of seizures, some caused by epilepsy and some not, diagnosing epilepsy and finding the right treatment is like putting together pieces of a complex puzzle.

According to Gabriel U. Martz, M.D., medical director of epilepsy services for Norton Healthcare, epilepsy is more common than Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. In response to the need for specialized epilepsy treatment for so many people in our community, Dr. Martz and his team have established a First Seizure Clinic on the Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus.

“We’re improving access to epilepsy care by beginning a new referral pathway — called a First Seizure Clinic — to ensure that patients with their first seizure or seizure-like event can be seen and diagnosed within about a week,” Dr. Martz said.

Patients may be admitted to Norton Brownsboro’s epilepsy monitoring unit, which is a member of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Diagnosing the type of seizure or epilepsy syndrome can be difficult. Continuous monitoring using video electroencephalography (EEG) over a period of time is a crucial first step in making an accurate diagnosis.

Dr. Martz has specialized training in clinical epilepsy, EEG and epilepsy research. He works with William F. Dotson II, M.D., Jason M. Meckler, M.D., and Rebekah J. Woods, D.O., who, along with Dr. Martz, have advanced training in clinical neurophysiology, a field that studies bioelectricity in the brain.

The epilepsy team offers the latest treatment options, which range from medication management to special diets to surgical therapies such as brain surgery and vagus nerve stimulation.

Dr. Martz said he is enthusiastic about the future of epilepsy care at Norton Healthcare.

“Our goal is to build on our standing as a quality provider of epilepsy care and to become a regional leader for diagnosis and treatment of this neurological disorder,” he said.

For more information on the First Seizure Clinic, call (502) 629-1234.

About our physician
Gabriel U. Martz, M.D., sees patients at Norton Neurology Services, Norton Medical Plaza I – Brownsboro, Suite 305, 4950 Norton Healthcare Blvd., Louisville, KY 40241; (502) 394-6460


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