LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The Gateway City is receiving a visit from an individual that can help treat a certain medical condition.
Laredo residents age 10 and older who have seizures can be seen by an epilepsy specialist as part of the new South Texas Epilepsy Clinics, which are overseen by the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas and UT Medicine San Antonio. This is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The clinics are funded by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Octavian Lie, M.D., Ph.D., a board certified neurologist with UT Medicine San Antonio and an assistant professor of neurology at the UT Health Science Center, will see patients every other month in Laredo.
The first clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Mercy Ministries of Laredo, 2500 Zacatecas St. Appointments are required. Please call 210-450-9700 to make an appointment and for more information. The clinic is for individuals who have Medicaid or are uninsured; residents with insurance also are welcome. Spanish speakers will be available.
The outreach clinics will include an epilepsy specialist physician, a case manager, social worker and a medical assistant. While Dr. Lie provides diagnosis, treatment and medication management, the Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas provides information, direct assistance, social services, referrals, employment preparation and many more services to those diagnosed with epilepsy.
Epilepsy is a lifelong medical condition that is best treated in an outpatient clinic by physicians, like Dr. Lie, who have specialized training in epilepsy. Without access to specialty care, patients have poor seizure control and are unable to drive, have difficulty holding jobs, and are at-risk for seizure-related sudden death.
The neurologists at UT Medicine are part of the South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in San Antonio, which is nationally accredited for the treatment of epilepsy. The center is a partnership between UT Medicine and University Health System. The center received a Level 4 designation, which is the highest designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers.
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