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  1. Diagnosis
    • To Identify spells or behavioral changes. When it is not clear what these types of spells can represent, an EMU admission can be helpful
    • To diagnose non-epileptic events.
    • If epilepsy is confirmed, to properly identify the epilepsy syndrome. This can help direct how to manage the condition, tailor the medication choices and determine if a patient can benefit from epilepsy surgery, further medication management, diet therapy and neurostimulation devices.
  2. Epilepsy surgery
    • To record seizures in patients who have epilepsy and for whom epilepsy surgery is being considered. All surgical candidates need to have their seizures recorded to help identify where in the brain they may be coming from.
  3. Treatment
    • To modify treatment in a safe environment (for example when performing rapid modifications of antiepileptic drugs)

Contact the EMU

For questions about your EMU admission plans, please leave a message on: The Epilepsy Monitoring Unit voicemail at 613-798-5555 Ext. 13873

If you are going to be late on your admission day, please call the NACU to tell the EMU nurse at 613-798-5555 ext. 15491

Last updated on: February 1st, 2021