Why has my physician recommended video-EEG recording?
Video-EEG monitoring is performed in the hospital to help determine the type of seizures that are occurring. By recording video and EEG data, the physicians can better understand the type of seizure and determine the region in the brain that is generating the seizure activity. This information can be very helpful in determining the best treatment option, such as specific medications, epilepsy treatment devices or surgical therapy.
How long will this recording last?
Video-EEG monitoring typically lasts two to five days in the hospital, but in some cases may be longer. The time required for recording the seizure activity varies for each person. During the recording you may be sleep deprived and any seizure preventing medications may be reduced or discontinued in order to allow seizures to occur more frequently.
Why is video-EEG recording performed in the hospital?
The primary reason is for patient safety. Seizures pose a risk for injury and performing the recording in a controlled environment helps to minimize the risks. Recording the video and EEG data in the hospital also allows for the best quality of data to be obtained.
What can I do to prepare for this testing?
Before admission to the hospital, the physician will discuss the general plan with you. It is helpful, however, to bring items to help pass the time during your stay in the hospital.
Bring comfortable clothes to wear, such as jogging pants, shorts and pajama bottoms, shirts and blouses that zipper or button in the front. You will not be allowed to wear pullover shirts because during the recording EEG electrodes will be glued to your scalp and you will not be able to remove or put on pullover clothing. If you prefer, you may wear a hospital gown during the recording.
It is preferable that you bring toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, shaver, etc.) with you to the hospital, but if you do not, you may use those provided in the hospital.
St. Luke's Hospital is a smoke-free environment. If you smoke, ask your physician for help to remain smoke-free while in the hospital.
For children under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian or other adult family member must be present while the child undergoes video-EEG recording. Adult family members may wish to take turns staying with the child. If only one family member or guardian is able to stay with the child the entire time, the hospital staff will arrange for 30-minute meal breaks for that person.