King’s Daughters is pleased to announce the opening of a Seizure
Specialty Clinic and Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at King's Daughters
Medical Center Ohio in Portsmouth.
The clinic and EMU are under the direction of epilepsy specialist Omar
Elghawanmeh, M.D., who also directs the EMU at KDMC in Ashland.
Patients with seizure conditions are seen in the clinic and evaluated to
determine the need for long-term EEG monitoring under the care of a seizure
specialist. Seizure conditions seen include:
- Tonic-clonic generalized seizures
- Absence / petit mal / stare off seizures
- Partial complex seizures
- Focal seizures
- Psychogenic seizures
- Seizures refractory to medication
- Spells of unknown etiology
Patients with episodes of syncope (loss of consciousness), may be referred
to the clinic after heart-related conditions have been ruled out.
Adult and pediatric patients above the age of 13 are seen in the clinic.
A physician referral is necessary.
Patients suffering from seizures may be admitted to the EMU unit for up
to five days, during which time they undergo continuous EEG monitoring
as well as audio and video recording. The data gathered facilitates accurate
characterization and diagnosis of seizure episodes or spells, leading
to more successful treatment.
“While the public tends to believe that anyone who has a seizure
must have epilepsy, that’s not necessarily true,” said Polly
Hunt, RN, senior practice manager for neurology. “Anyone can have
a seizure under the right conditions. And there are a variety of conditions
that can cause an individual to have a seizure.”
Dr. Elghawanmeh is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology and holds subspecialty certification in epilepsy and clinical
neurophysiology. He completed his neurology residency at Texas Tech University
in Lubbock, and fellowships in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at
the University of Texas Southwestern University in Dallas. He has been
a member of King’s Daughters medical staff since 2016, and established
King’s Daughters first EMU in Ashland in 2017.
Dr. Elghawanmeh sees patients in both Portsmouth and Ashland. For more
information, please call King’s Daughters Neurology at (606) 408-2820.