A neurologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles.
Dr. Ali Elahi began his study of Neuroscience at UCLA and the University of Pittsburgh. In 1996, he attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Elahi’s interests in Neurology led to his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. In Iowa, Dr. Elahi trained with world-renown neurologists including Dr. Harold P. Adams, Jr. and Dr. Jun Kimura.
Dr. Elahi has developed a special interest in stroke and neuromuscular disorders and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).
His expertise includes evaluation and treatment of patients with epilepsy, stroke, headache, neuromuscular disease, and cerebral palsy. He also manages neurological emergencies in the Intensive Care Units.
His desire to further education in the field of neurology continues, and he teaches clinical neurology to medical students and gives lectures in epileptology to community family doctors in an effort to spread increased awareness about the field of neurology.
The diagnosis of the neurological disease can be based on medical tests like EEG, magnetoencephalography, MRI of the brain, SPECT, PET. These medical tests help in finding out the etiology of disorders along with finding out the portion of the brain that is affected most. However, they are not at all useful for making the diagnosis at the initial level. The findings of Dr. Ali is essential for further treatments. For a diagnosis, information about medical history is necessary. It is often seen that the family members are affected by any neurological disorder and the symptoms are the same in an individual.
How Dr. Ali diagnoses epilepsy and other neurological diseases
To diagnose epilepsy, the best time would be when an individual is having the seizures. Dr. Ali Elahi can see the symptoms and effects of epilepsy and decide on the course of treatments. The most common way of determining a temporal lobe seizure is a runny nose. It can be diagnosed more so because it is seen that an individual has the tendency to wipe his or her nose with hand. The side of the hand used tends to coincide with a position in the brain where the seizure has occurred. Dr. Elahi can observe this and determine the seizure. Diagnosis of epilepsy becomes a challenging task as some symptoms are unconsciousness, headaches, panic attacks that include sweating, breathlessness, chest pain, nausea, choking, trembling and the fear of losing control.
Diagnosis is possible better by long-term video-EEG monitoring. This method is not always relied upon as it is very expensive, causes inconvenience and there is also a lack of availability. Epilepsy is a condition with etiologies of all kinds of natural histories and prognosis. For each of the types, there are different management and treatment structures. A complete medical diagnosis should have a clear categorization of the types of seizure and syndromes.
Dr. Ali Elahi provides comprehensive diagnosis and management for people with epilepsy.
Dr. Ali Elahi as an experienced epileptologist does not take epilepsy as a single disorder. It is rather a group of syndromes with vastly divergent symptoms but all involving occasional abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Neurosurgical operations for epilepsy can be alleviant, reducing the frequency or severity of seizures. In some patients, an operation can be fruitful. The various types of treatment of epilepsy are:
Pharmacologic treatment: means the medical Treatment of Epilepsy. Anticonvulsants are used in this type of treatment. Some popular anticonvulsants are Sodium channel blockers, Calcium channel blockers. Some people with epilepsy might experience a complete absolution when treated with anticonvulsant medication. If this does not happen, Dr. Elahi increases the dose of the drug or prescribes another medication.
Surgical treatment is the only option for epilepsy only when an underlying brain abnormality, such as an area of scar tissue or a benign tumor is identified. The abnormality must be removable by a neurosurgeon. Surgery is offered only to patients when their epilepsy can not be controlled by adequate medical attempts with multiple medications.
Dr. Elahi selects the most suitable, effective, and safe treatment for his patients in each case.
Treatment of absence epilepsy
Absence epilepsy is characterized by the occurrence of absence seizures which are also known as petit mal seizures. This type of epilepsy is most commonly seen in children as compared to adults. In this form of epilepsy, the child may suffer from recurrent absence seizures during which they have sudden and brief lapses of consciousness.
If you have noticed any of the symptoms of absence epilepsy in your child, you must consult Dr. Ali Elahi at the earliest. To begin with, Dr. Elahi may advise your child certain tests like blood tests, EEG, or MRI of the brain. These tests are essential to rule out any organic problem as a cause of seizures.
Dr. Elahi uses several types of drugs for decreasing the frequency and controlling the absence of seizures like Ethosuximide, Valproic acid, and Lamotrigine. The doctor might start your child on one of these medications. You must remember to administer these medications regularly to your child, as it is essential to maintain adequate drug levels in the blood.
Please consult Dr. Elahi for the proper treatment of absence epilepsy.