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Seizure Disorders Specialist

Habib Khan, MD -  - Neurology

Arizona Institute of Neurology & Polysomnography

Habib Khan, MD

Neurology located in Casa Grande, AZ

If you’re searching for answers regarding seizures that are affecting you or a family member, Dr. Habib Khan can help. This gifted neurologist directs a team of dedicated medical professionals at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography in Casa Grande, Arizona. Dr. Kahn and his associates see hundreds of patients every year who come from across the nation for seizure disorder treatment. He welcomes patients of all ages to his practice, where you’ll find a patient-focused atmosphere that quickly puts you at ease. Schedule your appointment today.

Seizure Disorders Q & A

What is a seizure disorder?

Seizure disorder is a broad term that’s often used in place of “epilepsy” to describe a neurological condition in which your brain’s normal electrical activity periodically misfires. This can cause the jerking, twitching, and uncontrollable movements people often associate with seizures.

However, seizures may also occur as periods of unusual behavior or loss of awareness (absence seizures), during which you may become unresponsive to your environment and simply stare off into space for a time. They may also manifest as repetitious lip smacking or eye blinking or a stiffening of muscles in your arms and legs that causes you to fall.

Having a single seizure doesn’t mean you have a seizure disorder or epilepsy. A high fever, stroke, or excessively low blood sugar may cause a one-time seizure. Non-epileptic seizures (pseudoseizures) can mimic an epileptic seizure but don’t produce abnormal brain activity.

Typically, you must have at least two unprovoked seizures, those not related to other conditions such as fever or stroke, before your doctor recommends further evaluation for epilepsy.

How is epilepsy diagnosed?

Your evaluation at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography always begins with a thorough exam, a careful review of your medical history, and a detailed discussion of your symptoms.

Depending on the results of the initial evaluation, Dr. Khan may recommend further diagnostic studies that typically begin with electroencephalography (EEG). This painless study records your brain’s electrical activity and remains one of the most important diagnostic tests we use in determining whether you have epilepsy and what type. It also helps identify effective treatment strategies.

An ambulatory EEG (aEEG) is another painless test that requires you wear a small monitor and note seizures that occur as you go about your daily activities, so Dr. Khan can evaluate brain activity during these self-identified events.

A video-EEG aids in seizure classification, helps calculate the number of seizures you’re having, and provides insight about your awareness of the seizures. An ambulatory video-EEG combines both a video and EEG recording of seizure events

What is the treatment for epilepsy?

Effective treatments vary greatly from individual to individual and may include therapies that range from anti-seizure medication to surgical procedures.   

When necessary, Dr. Khan works closely with specialists, including neurosurgeons and physical, occupational, and speech therapists, to design individualized care plans for adults and children.

For outstanding seizure care you can trust, schedule a visit with Dr. Khan at Arizona Institute of Neurology and Polysomnography.