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Neurology

Epilepsy

Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disorder known for causing seizures. It is caused from electrical events in the brain. To learn more, go to our health library.

We care for epilepsy patients with compassion and understanding. We understand how important the proper diagnosis and right medication is to your quality of life.

Legacy Health has a long history of well-known and trusted epilepsy diagnosis, monitoring and care, opening our service in 1975 as one of only five in the nation and the first of its kind in the region. Today we diagnose and treat children and adults at Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Salmon Creek and Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.

Our epilepsy services

Our goal is to help you manage your seizures and medicines so you can have the best possible quality of life. This starts with the proper diagnosis. Our diagnostic services include:

  • Standard EEG – single-day testing on an outpatient basis
  • Ambulatory EEG – monitoring equipment you take home with you for 24-72 hours
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)  – monitoring in one of two hospital Epilepsy Monitoring Units, usually for 3-5 days. Admission for continuous video EEG monitoring in one of our two hospital EMUs.

    For more information on what to expect from your stay in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, download these PDFs:

    What to expect — for adults 
    What to expect — for children

Epilepsy treatment

Your doctor will create a treatment plan for you designed to control your seizures as much as possible. It is also important to get your medications right, so you can enjoy as many activities as possible. Your doctor will listen to your goals for treatment and consider:

  • Your personal situation
  • The kind of seizures you have and how often you have them
  • How medication has worked for you in the past

Research

Legacy Research Institute is actively studying epilepsy treatments. Read more about the research studies on dietary therapy for epilepsy and silky brain implants to help stop the spread of epilepsy.

Our doctors and locations

Ratna Bitra, M.D.
John Dempster
M.D.
Martin Gizzi, M.D.
Gurjeet Singh, M.D.


Legacy Medical Group–Neurology
Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
Medical Office Building 1, Suite 130
2800 N. Vancouver Ave.
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: 503-413-6166
Fax: 360-487-4709
Clinic Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Map/Directions

Legacy Medical Group—Neurology
Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center
Medical Office Building 4
25050 SE Stark St., Suite 250
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone:  503-413-6166
Fax:  360-487-4709
Clinic Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Map/Directions

Legacy Medical Group–Neurology
Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
Medical Office Building A, Suite 205
2121 N.E. 139th St.
Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: 360-487-4707
Fax: 360-487-4709
Clinic Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 
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