Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
- Epilepsy Clinic
- Medical Center Campus
- Patrick Building, Level 5
- 111 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT, 05401
- Phone: 802-847-2788
- Fax: 802-847-5679
- Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5 PM
Epilepsy is a condition in which someone has persistent seizures. A seizure is a brief disturbance in the normal electrical functions of the brain. An epileptic seizure may affect a person's consciousness, bodily movements or sensations for a short time.
Epilepsy: What You Need to Know
We offer a comprehensive epilepsy program that helps patients and families manage the many issues epilepsy patients face. Fletcher Allen provides accurate diagnosis, optimal treatment regimens, counseling, drug research trials and epilepsy surgery.
Experienced, Trusted Expertise
As a university hospital and health system, our epilepsy team provides the most advanced care backed by research: we make all diagnostic and treatment recommendations based on the latest thinking in the field. Through patient education, we answer all your questions and help you become as informed as possible throughout your care.
Epilepsy is best managed by a group of highly skilled providers that include adult and pediatric epilepsy specialists, a neuropsychologist, a neurosurgeon and a neuroradiologist. At Fletcher Allen, our physicians and other support staff work together as a team, providing expert care.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is defined by abnormal electrical activity in brain cells. Rather than a single disorder, epilepsy is a family of them. Symptoms can vary widely from person to person and with the type of seizure.
The exact cause of epilepsy is unknown in about half of those that are diagnosed with the condition. The other half may be traced to several factors, including:
- Genetic influence
- Head trauma
- Medical disorders such as stroke or heart attack
- Diseases, especially those that affect the brain such as meningitis or viral encephalitis
- Prenatal injury
- Developmental disorders such as autism or Down’s syndrome
Epilepsy is slightly more common in men than women.
Epilepsy: Diagnosis and Treatment
We conduct neuronal or brain mapping to determine the specific function of a particular brain area during epilepsy surgery, and offer specialized studies to diagnose epilepsy in our Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory, including electroencephalography (EEG), which records a patient's brain wave activity, and ambulatory and inpatient epilepsy monitoring.
Find a Fletcher Allen Health Care physician or call 802-847-2788.
If you are a referring physician, please see our epilepsy referral information.