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how do you test for partial seizures/seizures? is it accurate? would a brain ct reveal a answer? noticed symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder symptoms

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
EEG: An EEG is the most appropriate study to evaluate for a suspected seizure disorder. MRI of the brain is also helpful as an adjunct.
Answered on Apr 1, 2016
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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Seizures: are notoriously difficult to diagnose - the easiest way is being for a physician to witness an episode. Supplemental tests include bloodwork, EEG and MRI. In rare cases, a neurologist may actually provoke or induce a seizure to properly diagnose.
Answered on Jan 22, 2017
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Dr. Matt Wachsman
35 years experience Internal Medicine
EEG.: Brain CT almost never helps the diagnosis/treatment and is a brain imaging study is almost always done. Not really on the anxiety disorder (or incredibly rarely)
Answered on Dec 1, 2014
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Dr. Erin Robertson
18 years experience General Practice
Excellent question: To identify partial seizures, whether simple or complex, we need to catch them on an EEG, an electroencephalograph - video 72 hr telemetry. 1-hr EEGs are close to useless. A CT/MRI/PET may identify a lesion responsible for the seizure activity, or other pathology associated with seizure disorders. If you need EEG, ask if the doc wants to wean you off of the benzo which blunts seizure activity.
Answered on Dec 1, 2014

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