New Onset Seizures
The New Onset Seizure clinic at MUSC targets prompt diagnosis of seizures in both adult and pediatric patients. Early diagnosis is essential because it enables the correct treatments. It has been shown that many patients go more than one year or longer after a first seizure before evaluation by a neurologist. Other patients end up taking seizure medicines for years, when in fact they don't have seizures at all.
Our group of seizure experts have years of experience and a variety of diagnostic tests readily available to provide a prompt and accurate diagnosis of any seizure-like episode.
One of the most important tests for diagnosing seizures and epilepsy is called EEG. Most patients seen in the New Onset Seizure clinic will have an EEG scheduled for the same day as their doctor appointment. Usually this is scheduled about 2-3 hours before your appointment with the physician to make sure it is completed and the results are available when you meet with the doctor.
Sometimes additional EEGs will be necessary, and these will be scheduled for a later date. Other tests that may be useful include brain MRI (a high resolution picture of the brain), blood tests, ECG (heart monitor), Echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart), overnight sleep study, and others. Each patient is unique, and your doctor will talk with you about which tests may be used to determine an accurate diagnosis.
If you have already had any of these tests before you come to the New Onset Seizure clinic, please try to bring a copy of the report, or a CD with MRI images on it. In some cases, your primary doctor may send these ahead of time.
Physicians Participating in the New Onset Clinic:
Jonathan Edwards, M.D. (accepting adult and teenage patients)
Samir Karia, MBBS (accepting pediatric patients)
Ekrem Kutluay, M.D. (accepting adult patients )
Braxton Wannamaker, M.D. (accepting adult and pediatric patients)
Schedule an appointment:
To make an appointment for the New Onset Seizure Clinic, please contact MUSC Health Connection at 843-792-1414 between 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can also complete our online appointment request form and a customer service representative will contact you within one business day.
To refer a patient to the New Onset Clinic at MUSC's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, please call MEDULINE at 843-792-2200 or 1-800-922-5250 or you may also submit an online referral through our Physician Portal. Please note there is a Customized Referral form that must be submitted.