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Diagnosing Seizures & Epilepsy

It can be extremely difficult to diagnose a seizure. Because physicians are rarely able to witness a seizure during a clinic visit, it is vital to have an accurate history of the event or events that have occurred.

Diagnosing seizures and epilepsy

While many people with seizures or epilepsy have abnormal EEGs, many do not. There are a number of additional tests that help doctors identify the type of seizure and its effects.

Diagnostic services available to our patients on site and in collaboration with referring physicians include:

  • Complete neurological consultation for epilepsy and related conditions
  • Neurophysiological tests, including routine EEGs and outpatient and inpatient video-EEG monitoring
  • Long-term inpatient video-EEG monitoring with scalp or intracranial electrodes
  • Neuroimaging: MRI, MRS, PET, fMRI
  • Neuropsychology
  • Speech and auditory processing evaluations

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Request an appointment

For more information about diagnosing seizures or epilepsy or to consult with a doctor, request an appointment at the Epilepsy Center.


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