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Epilepsy Innovations: New Advances in Epilepsy Treatment Options

Jorge Alvaro Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, Cleveland Clinic Neurosurgery Specialist - Speaker Bio
Jorge Alvaro Gonzalez-Martinez, MD, PhD is a board-certified neurosurgeon in Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center. Dr. Gonzalez-Martinez completed his fellowship in functional and epilepsy surgery and residency in neurosurgery at Cleveland Clinic. He also completed a fellowship in stereotaxis, neuro-oncology at Wayne State University-Detroit Medical Center, in Detroit. He completed a residency in neurosurgery and received his medical degree from University of Sao Paulo Faculty of Medicine, Sao Paulo, Brazil. His specialty interests include epilepsy surgery and medical treatment of epilepsy in children and adolescents, general neurosurgery, brain malformations causing epilepsy, brain tumors, mechanism of epileptogenesis and vagus nerve stimulation.

Cleveland Clinic's Epilepsy Center
  • Topic Info:Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in our country, affecting approximately 2.5 million Americans of all ages and backgrounds.

    This medical disorder is thought to be caused by abnormal nerve connections, genetic causes, other medical conditions, trauma, poisoning or abnormal nerve signaling chemicals called neurotransmitters.

    Seizures from epilepsy can be alarming, but can be treated successfully in many cases.

    These seizures may take various forms – including the type that appear to have an absence of recognizable symptoms except for stiffening of the body (tonic) and the other form of seizure involving jerks and shaking (clonic).

    Seizures may range in severity from mild to grand mal seizures. Seizures can also be classified as partial, or focal seizures—both simple and complex, and the generalized seizures.

    Fortunately, many seizures can be controlled through medication. When drug therapy has been tried and is not effective, epilepsy surgery is an option.

    Other therapies for epilepsy treatment include the ketogenic diet and vagus nerve stimulation.Remarkable advances in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy have been made in recent years

    MyEpilepsy app is our free educational iPad tool that allows you and your physician to effectively manage your epilepsy. Listen as the experts from Cleveland Clinic give you the most up to date information on Epilepsy and how you can get the best care for your Epilepsy.

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