KMC opens Central Valley’s first epilepsy monitoring unit


People suffering from epilepsy won’t have to travel as far for treatment.

Kern Medical announced the opening of the Central Valley’s first epilepsy monitoring unit. 

With the new unit, neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Chen says doctors will be able to hone in on specific problems with a patient’s epilepsy and get better ideas on how to treat them. 

“This is a service that’s direly needed by the community, and in partnership with USC, we’re able to provide that service here for the first time in Central California,” Dr. Chen said. 

Dr. Chen tells 17 News, possibly 30,000 people in Kern County suffer from the disorder which can cause severe seizures. 

About one-third of patients resist treatment but the new technology can help find a prescription that works.

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