UT Southwestern neurologist and epileptologist Pradeep Modur, M.D., is an expert at accurately diagnosing the particular epilepsy syndrome his patients have, which has everything to do with controlling and perhaps even curing their seizures.
At UT Southwestern, we care for epilepsy patients from all age groups, including the most intractable and complex cases.”
Given the variety of brain disorders that constitute the different epilepsies, patients can easily be misdiagnosed, which adversely affects their treatment and prognosis.
“It’s not enough to know that someone has had a seizure or even consistently has them,” Dr. Modur says. “That doesn’t tell us the full story or what to expect in the future. We have to dig deeper into the history of when the seizures started, look at how they have progressed, and carefully look at their scans and EEGs to determine what they have. Doing this enables us to define the syndrome, which in turns helps us tell the patients what they have and what to expect.”
Making the diagnosis early on can be just as important as identifying the type of epilepsy a patient has. Cognitive problems may occur over time if seizures are not properly treated, Dr. Modur explains.
“It’s important to recognize the seizure disorder – the nature of it and its context – relatively early so we can determine the appropriate prognosis and choose the right treatment. Medications are sufficient for the majority, but in some cases surgery or neurostimulation devices are the answer.”
Finding that answer is Dr. Modur’s specialty.
“Helping people resume their lives and not let their seizures get ahead of them is the most rewarding part of my job,” he says.
In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Modur completed graduate education in biomedical engineering. That additional training enables him to solve many of the medical problems he routinely encounters.
“Particularly in the field of epilepsy, it’s important to understand the electrical nature of the abnormalities at hand, and so my background in engineering often makes a difference,” he says. “We deal with a lot of waveforms and signal processing, so having that background really opens your eyes to understanding more about what you’re treating.”
- Seizures, convulsions, and epilepsy
- Intractable epilepsy
- Antiepileptic drug therapy
- Epilepsy surgery
- Vagus nerve stimulation and neurostimulation for epilepsy
- Sleep disorders and epilepsy
- Intracranial EEG
- Clinical neurophysiology