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will a spect scan pick up generalized epilepsy?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Might help: A 3-D SPECT scan is the poor man's equivalent of a PET, the former illustrating blood vessel flow patterns, and the latter, metabolic patterns. But we are dealing with anatomical variations secondary to a disorder, and with a paroxysmal process such as epilepsy, we are better off to use EEG monitoring to assess physiology. Can use ambulatory device over 24-48 hrs to seek conclusions.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren commented
Neurology 19 years experience
The SPECT scan is still sometimes used for focal epilepsy determination.
Aug 12, 2014
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
SPECT SCAN: Wont pick up generalized Epilepsy unless a patient is having a seizure at the time of tracer uptake. It would not likely inform as to the type of generalized epilepsy. The clinical history and the EEG are generally more useful for diagnosing the Generalized Epilepsies.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is generalized epilepsy progressive?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
No: Epilepsy is either without known cause or related to an identifiable cause. Unknown cause may present in childhood, be easy to control, and be genetic in type. Identifiable cause is often partial type seizures and more difficult to control with association with serious medical disease. Primary generalized is usually unknown cause. Secondary generalized is usually identifiable with bad outcome.
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Is generalized epilepsy a progressive, degenerative disorder?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Not progressive: Epilepsy is the term we use for recurrent seizures which are not caused by tumor or degenerative brain diseases. Although epilepsy may begin at any age, it usually does not worsen or cause increasing problems over time. However, a prolonged seizure can do permanent harm, so it is important to work closely with a neurologist to keep seizures well-controlled on meds which aren't causing side effects.
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What treatments are there for generalized epilepsy?

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Dr. Osman Farooq
Pediatric Neurology 20 years experience
Meds and diet: There are a handful of medications that work well for generalized seizures. These are generally started one at a time, but sometimes multiple meds are required to control seizures. There are also other therapies, including the ketogenic diet, which is a high fat, low carbohydrate and adequate protein diet. There are other dietary therapies such as the modified atkins diet.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Can Generalized epilepsy be cured?

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Dr. Phillip Goebel
Emergency Medicine 16 years experience
Controlled: It is unlikely to be cured but there are multiple effective therapies that can control your symptoms. Your neurologist can help guide you through the best options for you personally.
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A 29-year-old female asked:

Is Generalized epilepsy hereditary?

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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Complicated: we are learning more and more each day about inherited epileptic syndromes. Conditions that lower the seizure threshold run in families. There are many different types of seizures and seizure syndromes. I cannot do service to this topic of discussion with the 400 character limit imposed. There are, in fact books written on this topic.

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