Epilepsy Clinic

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Epilepsy Clinic

Centro Médico ABC offers comprehensive and coordinated treatment to improve the quality of life of patients with epilepsy.


What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a disorder caused by increased electrical activity of neurons in some area of the brain.
It is a disease recognized by crises that directly affect brain functions.

The affected person may suffer a series of seizures or repetitive uncontrolled body movements. This is called a seizure.

Causes of Epilepsy

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Types of seizures

They are classified as focal or generalized and are based on how abnormal brain activity begins.
Focal or partial seizures are those that are produced by abnormal activity in a single part of the brain. We can find them in two categories: without loss of consciousness or with altered consciousness.
Generalized seizures are those that occur in all areas of the brain and there are 6 types:

Absence crisis

They often occur in children and young people and are characterized by episodes of staring into space or subtle body movements such as blinking or smacking the lips.

Atonic crisis

Cause loss of muscle control, which can lead to sudden collapse or falls.

Clonic crisis

They are associated with repetitive or rhythmic jerky muscle movements. These seizures generally affect the neck, face, and arms.

Myoclonic crisis

They are associated with sudden muscle jerks of the arms or legs.

Tonic crisis

They cause muscle stiffness and can lead to falls.

Clonic-tonic crisis

They are the most severe type of seizure and cause abrupt loss of consciousness, body stiffness and shaking, and sometimes loss of bladder control or biting of the tongue.

The main diagnostic resources to detect epilepsy are:


Patient’s medical history

Brain imaging studies

Electroencephalogram

To diagnose epilepsy, the seizures must be recurrent and unprovoked.

An accurate diagnosis is essential to establish the best treatment. Current medications allow seizure control, at least for some time, for most patients. In cases where medications do not work, there is the option to perform epilepsy surgery.

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Los principales recursos diagnósticos para detectar la epilepsia son:

Los principales recursos diagnósticos para detectar la epilepsia son:

Patient’s medical history
Brain imaging studies
Electroencephalogram
To diagnose epilepsy, the seizures must be recurrent and unprovoked.

An accurate diagnosis is essential to establish the best treatment. Current medications allow seizure control, at least for some time, for most patients. In cases where medications do not work, there is the option to perform epilepsy surgery.

Surgery as a resource for patients with epilepsy

The ABC Epilepsy Clinic offers a comprehensive treatment of epilepsy, from diagnosis to surgery as a resource for those patients who are drug resistant, thus offering them the possibility of having an independent and productive life with a significant reduction in seizures or even the freedom from it. Surgery allows the reduction of the number and dose of medications, which improves the quality of life of the patient and its family.

The goals of surgical treatment are:

  • Improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
  • Suppress or significantly reduce crises.
  • Reduce the number and doses of medications.
  • Return the patient to their daily activities.

What is epilepsy surgery?

An epilepsy surgery is a safe, highly specialized surgery, not particularly painful and of short stay.
An epilepsy surgery normally lasts four to eight hours and requires electrocorticography (ECoG), that is, placing electrodes during surgery to record intraoperative electrical activity in the brain and thus generate information in real time for the surgical team to make the best decisions for the benefit of the patient.

We share with you the most common surgical techniques:

  • Temporary functional lobectomy with tonsil hypocampectomy
  • Selective tonsil hypocampectomy
  • Lesionectomy (removal of epileptogenic lesions)
  • Callosotomy
  • Functional hemispherectomy/hemispherostomy
  • Multiple subpial transection
  • Stimulation of vagal nerve

After surgery

The patient must remain at home under normal hygiene conditions and accompanied by a person who assists and supervises the adequate intake of medications, food, etc. Each patient may have different needs, but it is recommended that they be in relative rest and ten days after surgery have its stitches removed. After 3 to 4 weeks, the patient will be able to return to normal activities.

The quality of life of patients with epilepsy depends on a correct diagnosis and adequate medical treatment. Let us be your ally! 

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  • Valuation consultation with one of our specialists.
  • You will perform diagnostic studies.
  • Joint evaluation.
  • If you are a candidate, we will schedule your procedure.

Learn about the history of three patients from the ABC Epilepsy Clinic.

They managed to control their disease thanks to epilepsy surgery:

Our Locations

At ABC Medical Center, we are prepared to serve you in out two Campuses 24/24h, 7 days a week.

Campus Santa Fe

Av. Carlos Graef Fernández 154, Col. Santa Fe,
Cuajimalpa, 05300, Cd. de México.

Tel. 55 1103 1600

Campus Santa Fe

Av. Carlos Graef Fernández 154, Col. Santa Fe,
Cuajimalpa, 05300, Cd. de México.

Tel. 55 1103 1600