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Treatments of epilepsy

Professional treatment of epilepsy in adults and children

Do you have symptoms associated with epilepsy or have you been diagnosed with epilepsy for which you are looking for high-quality diagnosis and treatment?

We offer diagnosis and treatment of severe epilepsy in adults and children alike by combining the expertise of a multiple specialities. The patient’s comprehensive and multi-disciplinary examination and treatment is coordinated by our neurologist with whom a working group of clinical neurophysiology, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, as well as other specialised experts work in cooperation. Our specific areas of expertise include intracranial EEG registrations and epilepsy surgery. The majority of Finland’s epilepsy surgery is performed here in Kuopio.

 

Treatment of epilepsy

Our work’s quality is guaranteed by a high level of scientific research, active training activities and development work. We operate in an Epilepsy Centres Network that covers Europe, in both patient care planning and research work.

We are able to cater for all matters related to epilepsy. Our activities include the refinement of the cause of a diagnosis and epilepsy, the classification of an epilepsy seizure type and epilepsy syndrome, diagnosis of non-epileptic seizure symptoms, as well as finding medication for a specified diagnosis and the assessment of its side effects. In addition, we provide assessment and treatment for the opportunities of surgical or stimulation therapy, planning of treatment during pregnancy, diagnosis and care of rare epilepsy syndromes (rare diseases, orphan diseases), as well as epilepsy trials with new drugs.

Kälviäinen Reetta

Professor, MD, PhD

Chief Physician
Neuro Center
Epilepsy Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Epilepsy

Immonen Arto

MD, PhD, Specialist in Neurosurgery

Deputy Chief Physician
Neurosurgery
Neuro Center
Epilepsy Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Neurosurgery

Jutila Leena

MD, PhD, Specialist in Neurology

Deputy Chief Physician
Neuro Center
Epilepsy Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Epilepsy

Jäkälä Pekka

Professor, MD, PhD

Director of Neurocenter
Neurology
Neuro Center
Kuopio University Hospital
Neurology

Customer experience

“In 2016 both of our children, aged 4 and 13, began having seizures which were diagnosed as epileptic. The health of our thirteen-year-old girl improved greatly after she started taking medication, and the EEG analysis showed that she was no longer of convulsive readiness. However, the treatment did not help the four-year-old boy. The seizures continued, and we began to seek qualified medical help abroad. Given the unknown origin of the seizures, we decided that it was necessary to do a comprehensive medical examination for both of the children.

We chose from several options abroad and considered clinics also in Germany and Israel. The final choice in favor of Kuopio was made due to the information we obtained about the qualifications of Professor Reetta Kälviäinen, and also due to the fact that the specialists of KUH constantly maintained contact with us and answered all our questions. The service and care we received during the preparation for the visit differed from the other clinics.

We provided all the necessary information about the state of our children's health and the test results in July–August 2017. Then we needed to find a convenient time for the visit to Finland, as both the work schedule of Professor Reetta Kälviäinen and the schedule of our children at school needed to be considered.

In November 2017, we travelled to Kuopio for our children’s medical examinations and for the consultations with the neurologists and the other children's health professionals. The examination and counseling for the two children took us five days. During those five days, the necessary tests were made, the MRI study made in Russia was diagnosed and consultations with various doctors were carried out. We received the final results during one month. All the necessary medical appointments and prescriptions were provided to us from Finland.

Currently, our children continue to take the medication that was prescribed to us in Kuopio. Although the final recovery will be lengthy, we believe that this process is indeed already underway. Many of our assumptions have been confirmed, and we have also learned a lot about what is needed to overcome the disease.

We were very surprised that our case was easy enough to diagnose and to determine the right treatment so effectively. While we stayed in Kuopio, we were delighted to see that people in KUH are very professional and very attentive to their patients. We also noticed that Finnish people really care for the environment.”

Family Kravchuk, Saint Petersburg