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Diagnosis of Epilepsy
- Your past medical history
- Family medical history
- Any and all medications you take
- How were you feeling before the seizure?
- How old were you at the onset of the condition?
- Was there any warning?
- What did the seizure look like, or what were you told it looked like?
- Were there any symptoms after the seizure?
- How long did the seizure last?
- How many seizures have you had before?
- After the seizure, did paralysis, twitches, confusion, slowed responsiveness, urine incontinence, or tongue biting occur?
|Placement of Sensors for an EEG|
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You may need to have your brain activity tested. This can be done with:
- EEG—Best results are achieved when this test is performed within 24 hours of a seizure. Many times repetitive or continuous EEG monitoring may be needed.
- Magnetoencephalogram (MEG)
- You may need to have brain scans. These can be done with:
- You may need to have your blood tested. Blood tests check for possible causes of the seizures, including:
You may need to have your bodily fluids tested. This can be done with:
- Urine tests
- Lumbar puncture—to evaluate cerebrospinal fluid in the brain and spinal cord
You may need to have your motor abilities, behavior, and intellectual capacity tested. This can be done with:
- Developmental tests
- Neurological tests
- Behavioral tests
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 02/2017
- Update Date: 03/15/2015