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The Arizona Comprehensive Epilepsy Program

The Arizona Comprehensive Epilepsy Program (ACEP) is a major resource center for patients with epilepsy, their families, and the health care professionals who treat them. ACEP uses an interdisciplinary approach including representatives from the fields of adult neurology, pediatric neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, behavioral neurology, neuroscience nursing, social work, and clinical pharmacology. Services offered range from one-time consultations all the way to experimental trials of the newest anti-epileptic drugs and neurosurgical intervention for medically-intractable epilepsy. Other diagnoses which can be evaluated by this program include: non-electrogenic seizure behaviors ("pseudoseizures"), syncopal spells, gastroesophageal reflux, sleep disorders, and complicated or confusional migraine.

At the heart of our program is a meticulous clinical assessment of the individual patient in either the adult or pediatric epilepsy sections. The ongoing evaluation process is staffed twice weekly by the respective epileptologist. The program has at its disposal the newest techniques for the evaluation and treatment of epilepsy including; comprehensive neurophysiological evaluation (e.g., 24-hour video/EEG monitoring, subdural strip and depth electrode recording, cortical blood flow evaluation, electrocorticography, and quantitative EEG), comprehensive neuroimaging (e.g., CT, MRI, SPECT and PET), neuropsychological testing, and Wada testing.

Fully aware that technology is only part of the solution, we also attend to the psychosocial needs of patients with epilepsy with a number of innovative programs aimed at helping them cope with an unpredictable and potentially crippling disease. Our overall goal is to provide the best in quality, comprehensive evaluation and care for those with epilepsy. We stand ready to meet the needs of patients, their families, and the health care professionals who treat them.