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Carolinas HealthCare System Neurosciences Institute offers the full range of epilepsy diagnosis and treatment options for adults and children. Our team works closely with you and your family to develop a treatment program designed to fit your needs and help you take control of your epilepsy.

Two of our hospitals – Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) and Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast – have achieved the highest levels of accreditation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. CMC is a Level 4 treatment center, and NorthEast is a Level 3 center for both adult and pediatric epilepsy. With specialists in Charlotte and Concord, the epilepsy center makes care available to patients and their families across a wide geographic area.

We also have achieved national distinction from several highly respected epilepsy accreditation organizations, including:

  • The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification in Inpatient Epilepsy
  • National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC)
  • American Board of Registered Evoked Potential and Electroencephalographic Technologists (ABRET) EEG Lab Accreditation

Epilepsy Assessment and Diagnosis

Advanced diagnostic tools help our care team develop a treatment plan that pinpoints the source of your seizures while preserving important brain functions. Our diagnostic and imaging services include:

  • State-of-the-art epilepsy monitoring units at Carolinas Medical Center and Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast, allowing 24-hour continuous seizure monitoring
  • Brain mapping, including speech and sensorimotor mapping
  • EEG, MRI (including functional MRI capabilities, which allows patients to respond to visual displays or speech while in the scanner); PET and SPECT scans
  • Wada testing
  • Sphenoidal electrode recording
  • Intracranial recording with subdural and depth electrodes
  • Neuropsychologic testing from dedicated pediatric and adult providers
  • Use of advanced seizure-focus localization software (CURRY)
  • Use of seizure tracking and trending software (Persyst ®)

Epilepsy Treatment

Our treatment options range from traditional and surgical procedures to alternative treatments and include:

  • Focal cortical excision: removal of a defined area of the brain that is found to produce seizures
  • Lobectomy: removal of a single brain lobe
  • Multilobar resection: removal of more than one area of the brain
  • Multiple subpial transection: cutting nerve fibers in the outer layers of the brain
  • Corpus callostomy: cutting a band of tissue that sends messages across the brain
  • Hemispherectomy: removing or disabling a brain hemisphere
  • Ketogenic diet clinic with dedicated dietitian providing individualized treatment plans
  • Vagal nerve stimulator: pacemaker-like device implanted into the chest wall to detect and stop seizure activity
  • Responsive neurostimulator system: implantation of a neurostimulator device in the brain to detect and prevent seizures in patients who may not be candidates for other surgical procedures

Our epilepsy specialists help you determine the best path to managing your epilepsy – including what type of doctor you should see at each phase of your treatment. Find out what that path looks like here. (PDF)

Access to Clinical Trials for Neuromuscular Epilepsy

Through Carolinas Epilepsy Center, you and your family have access to leading-edge clinical research and trials. Find out if we are actively enrolling in a clinical research trial here.

Locations Providing Epilepsy Care

Outpatient Care

Neurosciences Institute-Neurology Charlotte
Epilepsy/Sleep Clinic (effective August 2018)
1437 Scott Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-446-1900
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Neurosciences Institute-Neurology Matthews
1220 Mann Drive
Matthews, NC 28105
Phone: 704-667-4120
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Neurosciences Institute-Neurology NorthEast
315 Medical Park Dr., Ste 202
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-403-1911
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Inpatient Care

Carolinas Medical Center
1000 Blythe Blvd,
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-446-1900
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Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast
920 Church Street North
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-403-3000
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Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital
920 Church Street North
Concord, NC 28025
Phone: 704-403-3000
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