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Release Date: September 27, 2016 Expiration Date: September 27, 2019
Target Audience: Neurologists and primary care physicians Disclosure: Dr. Kazamel has no financial relationships related to the content of this activity to disclose. There is no commercial support for this activity.
Learning Objective / Overview: Autonomic function testing is the category of electrodiagnostic and clinical neurophysiology testing that is employed in the evaluation of sympathetic and parasympathetic neural pathways. Examining the integrity of these pathways is necessary in objectively evaluating many neurologic and cardiac conditions like orthostatic hypotension, recurrent syncopal episodes, and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). Neurologists often time need to evaluate the functions of the thinly myelinated and non-myelinated small nerve fibers. These population of fibers cannot be assessed by routine nerve conduction studies or electromyography. The presence of autonomic dysfunction is a key criterion for the diagnosis of a life threatening condition like multiple system atrophy that distinguishes it from other more benign parkinsonian syndromes.
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Utilizing SEEG, the ROSA robot, & NeuroPace in Epilepsy Treatment
Kristen Riley, MD, highlights some of the new technology being used at UAB Medicine for the surgical management of epilepsy patients, such as Stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG), the ROSA Robot, responsive neurostimulation with NeuroPace, and why this makes the UAB Epilepsy Center so unique.
Emergency Medical Stroke Assessment (EMSA)
Earlier identification of strokes will lead to earlier treatment and better outcomes. Are you properly equipped to identify a stroke? EMSA can help.
Jerzy Szaflarski, MD, PhD, discusses the treatment & research within the UAB Epilepsy Center, and highlights what makes this a Level 4 Epilepsy Center. Dr. Szaflarski reviews the prevalence of epilepsy in Alabama, as well as the treatment methodologies and care plans available.
Diagnosing & Evaluating the Modern Epilepsy Patient
Lawrence Ver Hoef, MD, discusses the diagnosis and evaluation process for epilepsy patients with the UAB Epilepsy Center. He highlights the referral process for epilepsy patients, and working with community neurologists throughout the state.