Epilepsy Program

Epilepsy Diagnosis

Medical history

Doctors will ask about the individual's history of seizures, along with other diseases, surgeries, and medications. A thorough history of recreational drug and alcohol use or abuse is equally important. It is helpful for the doctor to distinguish seizure subtypes, partial or generalized; time of day of the event, including whether the seizure occurred during wakefulness or sleep; and any known triggers, such as a flickering light, severe sleep deprivation, or dehydration.

Physical examination

Doctors will perform a neurological examination.

Diagnostic testing

Laboratory data used in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with seizure disorders may include CT scan imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and electroencephalograph (EEG). A complete blood panel is usually performed. Blood tests will determine the basic functioning of the body, such as electrolyte (including sodium and potassium) levels and kidney and liver function.

 

 

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