Updated 23.11.2017. The ceremony naming the Department of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology “Prof. dr Dragoslav Ercegovac” was held at the Institute for Mental Health on December 12th 2014., in the presence of his family members.
Professor Dragoslav Ercegovac founded in 1969 the Department of Psychophysiology and Clinical Neurophysiology, in which the early development of Yugoslavian clinical neurophysiology has begun, bringing modern standards for EEG laboratory work and began training staff for EEG and Epileptology. In the period from 1970 to 1995 the six-month course for specialists doctors was successfully completed by 128 neurologists, psychiatrists, neurosurgeons, infectologist and neuropediatricians from Yugoslavia. At the same time EEG school for nurses was held, which included practical training in EEG laboratory, and theoretical education for a period of 4 months. In the period from 1970 to 1994, 148 EEG nurses successfully completed and received a certificate. Professor Ercegovac was also working on development of new methods in epileptology and EEG within the department: in 1981 he introduced a method for determining the concentration of antiepileptic drugs in serum, in 1982 he introduced a method of measuring evoked potentials (visual, brainstem and somatosensory), and at the end of the eighties the first cognitive evoked potential (CNV and P300) and the first attempts at quantitative analysis of the EEG.
The Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Section is dedicated to diagnosing and treating epilepsies and epileptic disorders, primary headaches, sleep disorders, psychogenic non-epileptic seizures and other paroxysmal neuropsychiatric disorders in adult patients, children and adolescents. Prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders in persons with epilepsy, migraine and other neuropsychiatric disorders is conducted in cooperation with other organizational units of the Institute.
Unlike other health care institutions in Serbia, the Section provides comprehensive diagnosis of epilepsy, including detailed anamnesis, neurological and other clinical examinations, as well as video-electroencephalographic (EEG) monitoring during the awake state, spontaneous sleep and all activation processes (hyperventilation and photo stimulation, mental activation, sleep deprivation, etc). Along with the diagnosis of the type of epileptic seizure, epilepsy syndromes and epilepsies, the Section also provides neuropsychological diagnosis, quality of life assessment using generic and epilepsy-specific scales for adults (QOLIE-31) and children (QOLCE), diagnosis of mental disorders and special needs diagnosis. Screening for depression and anxiety, the most frequent co-morbid mental disorders associated with epilepsy and migraine, is carried out regularly for the purpose of targeted prevention and/or early treatment of these disorders. The Section provides diagnosis of primary headaches (migraine, tension, cluster and other types of headaches) as well as symptomatic headaches, migraine-specific quality of life assessment, prevention of chronic headache, and treatment of primary headaches, including specific pharmacotherapy of migraine.
One of the activities organized by the Association for Clinical Neurophysiology of Serbia and Montenegro, seated at the Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology Section, is the annual Clinical Neurophysiology Symposium with international participants.
Head of the Section: Dr Maja Milovanović, Ph.D., Neurologist
Head Nurse of the Section: Snežana Zlatanov, Senior Nurse