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About the Clinic

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Location

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

Clinic Hours & Contact

Wednesdays: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Clinic Phone: 416 603 5800 ext. 5232

Office Hours & Contact

If you need to contact us, we are available
Monday to Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Friday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Office Phone:
Rachelle, Administrative Assistant – for administrative matters
416 603 5927

Registered Nurse:
Chari Anor – for patient-related matters
Phone: 416 603 5800 ext. 2446
Fax: 416 603 5768

NOTE: Please note that Dr. Andrade splits her time between clinical work (seeing patients), teaching and research in order to provide cutting-edge,​ world-class patient care in her areas of expertise. Due to the research component, there are some weeks over the year where no clinics are held. We do have nurse practitioners and a fellow assisting and covering for Dr. Andrade and they can provide some support and refills for prescriptions.  

What We Do

The KNC Epilepsy Genetics Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and management of genetically determined epilepsies (even if after initial investigation the culprit gene(s) could not be determined) and familial epilepsies. The approach involves comprehensive testing to identify the root cause and the development of a treatment plan that may include medication, neuromodulation, epilepsy-specific diet treatment, or surgical resection of the affected area. Patients who are seen by Dr. Andrade's group have access to cutting-edge genetic research that may help determine the cause of their epilepsy and inform the best care plan.

 TESTS/SERVICES

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  • The initial consult may last 1 to 2 hours. During this first visit, we will review the previous medical records, treatments trial led and responses to treatment. We will also review the family history of epilepsy and other diseases.
  • Depending on your initial evaluation, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), MRI and/or SPECT scans may be ordered.
  • Patients may also require a routine, sleep deprived or ambulatory EEG. In some cases, a stay in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) will be indicated.
  • Genetic tests may be ordered to evaluate the type of epilepsy.  Many of these are done out-of-country requiring special authorization for financial coverage through provincial health care.
  • Patients may be invited to participate in research studies, with a focus on understanding the genetic causes of epilepsy or the correlation between genetics and the clinical manifestations of epilepsy or its response to treatment.

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