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About the Epilepsy Clinic

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Location

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Toronto Western Hospital | map iconMaps & Directions
West Wing – 5th Floor​ ​

Hours & Contact

​Clinic Hours
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

If you wish to contact us, we are available
Monday to Friday
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Phone: 416 603 5232​

What We Do

​​Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes signals to be sent improperly from the brain. These confused signals cause seizures (involuntary sensations, movements or convulsions). Epilepsy can begin at any age and can be caused by brain damage or injury, abnormal development or an imbalance of chemicals in the brain.

Epilepsy is a disease where there is still a lot of misunderstanding. At the Krembil Neuroscience Centre, we know about the physical and emotional hardships that can come with this disease, and we know about its social consequences. Our goal is to work with community organizations, such as Epilepsy Toronto so that patients are able to bridge their medical care with the necessary support needed to live life to the fullest.

We're working on new treatments to lessen the effect of seizures and improve quality of life. Ensuring patients get better treatment, also means improving our ability to diagnose patients. Our Comprehensive Epilepsy Genetics Program can help us diagnose and treat patients with epilepsy who have a family history or when patients have multiple neurological conditions.

Visit the Epilepsy Diet Clinic for more information.

Visit the Epilepsy Pregnancy Clinic for more information.

Visit the Epilepsy Genetics Clinic for more information.

 Treatment

Multiple treatment options are available at the Krembil Neuroscience Centre. In addition to medication for epilepsy, we also offer surgical treatment for patients who are candidates. We also have Toronto's only adult Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (E​MU). The EMU plays an important role in diagnosing the type of seizures a patient has and the area of the brain where they occur. This information can help your health care team decide if surgery is a treatment option for you. ​

Take a virtual look at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) at the Toronto Western Hospital. This website provides information about the EMU, the process of having your seizures diagnosed and the steps involved in epilepsy surgery. For more information please visit: www.emujourney.com

Our centre is home to the province's first Gamma Knife – a non-invasive treatment also known as radiosurgery. Our doctors are reviewing it as a possible way of dealing with inaccessible brain tumours which may cause seizures.

The Krembil Neuroscience Centre has pioneering Deep Brain Stimulation to deal with conditions such as Parkinson's disease and depression. So far, the research shows this treatment could also be an effective way of cutting down the number of epileptic seizures a patient might have.   

 

 PATIENT'S STORY

Watch the inspiring story of Kettleby, Ontario's Whitney Goulstone who opted for surgery in a courageous attempt to get her life back from debilitating Epileptic Seizures.


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