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A safer treatment for epilepsy

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Epilepsy isn't stopping one college student from staying on her toes. 

Alina Esapovich says, "My dance is basically like my go to place." 

Esapovich has found her beat. She's a dancer.

She continues, "When I start dancing I feel like just nothing matters." 

Right now she's nursing an injury. But Esapovich's dealt with epilepsy her entire life. She can handle this. But recently her epilepsy was ruining her rhythm. Medications and surgeries weren't keeping her seizures in check. So Florida hospital doctor, Terry Rodgers-Neame, used this new EGI Phillips Dense Array EEG machine to find exactly where the seizures were coming from.

Dr. Rodgers-Neame, neurologist, says, "This is a very big breakthrough." 

The patient wears a net over his or her head. 256 electrodes send images to cameras.

Dr. Rodgers-Neame continues, "This truly brings us into the 21st century in terms of being able to localize exactly where the seizures are coming from." 

Surgeons then use these precise pictures to remove the exact section of the brain that's causing the seizures.

Dr. Rodgers-Neame explains, "If we pinpoint that abnormal area we can take out a smaller portion of the brain and therefore decrease the risk of having serious complications from the surgery." 

Now Esapovich is nearly seizure free.

She adds, "I'm going to keep on dancing no matter what."

And crutches and seizures aren't going to get in her way. 70% of epilepsy patients respond to medication. They can stay on it for years and never have another seizure. Those that don't respond to two medications usually have epilepsy surgery evaluation.


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