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What Tests are Used to Diagnose Epilepsy?

What Tests are Used to Diagnose Epilepsy...

Is there a certain type of test needed for epilepsy diagnosis? The diagnosis of epilepsy is a clinical diagnosis. Your doctor will diagnose epilepsy based on the information from the history, physical examination, EEG, and brain imaging studies. There are certain tests to support the diagnosis of epilepsy such as electroencephalogram (EEG) and brain imaging. EEG amplifies electrical activity in brain and records and displays them on a computer screen. In the past EEG displays were on paper. Abnormalities such as spikes, sharp and slow waves occur during seizures. In...
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Epilepsy Surgery

Epilepsy Surgery

Surgery is an option in treatment of patients with intractable epilepsy, which cannot be controlled with medication adequately. If your seizures originate from an identifiable focus in the brain, you may be a candidate for resective surgery. The purpose of the surgery is to remove abnormal part of the brain which is considered epileptic (source of the seizures). The pre-operative work up is comprehensive. You need to go through a pre-surgical evaluation to be identified as a surgical candidate or not. The outcome and seizure freedom after surgery depends on multiple...
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Elderly with Epilepsy

Incidence of epilepsy makes two peaks throughout lifespan, one peak is during first few years of life and second peak is during elderly years. Someone older than age 85 years old has significantly higher risk of having seizures than someone younger. The increased risk may be higher than 3 fold increase. As the population gets older, new onset epilepsy in elderly becomes an important problem. The Most Common Causes of Epilepsy in Elderly Stroke Brain tumors Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease Head trauma The epilepsy syndrome in elderly is usually...
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