Wada Testing

Wada Test being performed on a female patient

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If you have any questions, please contact Karen Secore, Nurse Navigator for the Cottage Epilepsy Center at: 805-832-3633

The Wada Test is also known as an intracarotid amytal test. Developed by Dr. Juhn Wada, a neurologist, in the 1940s, the test was originally done to determine which side of the brain controlled speech. Today, the Wada test is used to test memory as well as language functions.

It is a valuable tool in the evaluation of patients who are being considered for epilepsy surgery because it can help examine the independent functions of the side of the brain that is targeted for surgery.

Reasons for the Wada Test

  • To determine the memory and language functions in each side of your brain
  • To determine how each side of your brain works independently
  • To trace the arteries that supply blood to each side of your brain
  • This test is being done as part of the evaluation for epilepsy surgery.

Who is Involved in My Care?

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Epilepsy Center Team

Our team is staffed by a specialized team educated and trained to provide your care in seizure management.

Meet the Team

Prior to this test, you will have been evaluated by a neurologist. You will have a complete history and physical examination and will have various lab tests done prior to this test.

Please let your physician know if you have any allergies, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or asthma before the procedure. Please also have the names and dosages of your medications readily available.

Your neurologist, neuropsychologist and neurosurgeon will explain the test to you and obtain your consent. Signing the consent form indicates that you have been informed about the risks and benefits of the procedure and agree to having it done. Be sure to ask any questions that you have before signing the consent.

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Support Group

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Cottage Epilepsy Center offers a support group for patients and their families to discuss issues related to the condition and the affect that it has on the patient and family unit. For more information call, 805-832-3633.