WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | News

Martha Jefferson Healthwise: EEG

By: Cheryn Stone Email
By: Cheryn Stone Email

November 18, 2009

Doctor Alex Grunsfeld joined CBS19's Cheryn Stone to show off a new addition to Martha Jefferson Hospital, the Electroencephalogram (EEG). An EEG measures and records the electrical activity in our brains.

"As we have become more sophisticated in treating patients and keeping them alive in serious diseases, the EEG has become an increasingly important tool," said Dr. Grunsfeld.

Other tests take a snapshot of the brain at a specific moment, like the exact second you lift your arm, but the EEG is different. It says something about the function of your brain over time, which allows doctors to assess what is going on up there.

EEG testing is commonly used to diagnose Epilepsy.

"Sometimes patients present with seizures that don't stop or they have recurrent seizures and they don't return to their normal function after the seizures. That state is called status epilepticus," said Dr. Grunsfeld.

The status epilepticus state is a life threatening situation.

"The seizures need to be stopped immediately, or as soon as possible because if they are allowed to continue unabated, then damage can be done to the brain and it can become fatal," said Dr. Grunsfeld.

The EEG helps doctors diagnose epilepsy and then treat it. One Martha Jefferson Hospital patient had an EEG and still enjoys the benefits. Her family though she had a stroke, but she remained confused and not herself.

"The EEG actually demonstrated that she was having small little seizures occurring on a frequent basis. Coming from the right side, front of her brain, and we were able to treat those seizures and make sure they were going away. The following day after she got treated, she kinda snapped back into her self and she was able to function normally and able to go back with her family," said Dr. Grunsfeld.

Doctors at Martha Jefferson are glad they have this new device that helps patients and doctors use their brains.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 70398287