Video-EEG monitoring allows your doctor to see exactly how many seizures you’re having and where your seizures begin. If you undergo continuous monitoring, you’ll be admitted to the hospital for observation.
EEG electrodes are placed on your head, or, sometimes inserted into your cheek. They’ll stay in place for three to seven days. The electrodes are connected to EEG monitoring equipment and a video camera records you the whole time. Doctors compare the video to the electrical activity recorded by the EEG to get a better understanding of your seizures. You’ll be able to move around in your room but you won’t be able to leave it.
During monitoring, your anti-seizure medicine will be reduced, and we may also use sleep deprivation to induce seizures.
If you haven’t already, you may also have an MRI and PET scan during your stay, along with a SPECT scan and other tests.
Your Hospital Stay for EEG Monitoring
We encourage you to wear your regular clothes, but please avoid anything you have to pull on over your head. You are invited to bring plenty of reading material and your favorite hobbies to help pass the time. The team will take a look at any personal items for safety reasons.
After the Diagnosis
If you’re here for diagnosis, you’ll go home with a plan for a follow up visit.
If you’re here for surgical evaluation, you’ll be discharged once the level of medicine in your blood returns to normal. The epilepsy team will review all the findings and decide on the next stage of testing. If we can identify the location of your seizures, you’ll be invited in for a Wada test. If not, we may admit you later for evaluation with intracranial electrodes.