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How do you diagnose epilepsy?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 41 years experience
By EEG: Epilepsy is diagnosed by the description of the seizure by the patient or a witness and an eeg. Seizures can be precipitated by a number of factor including drugs sleep deprivation and very low blood sugar. Excluding these and other possilbe causes is important in diagnosing epilepsy. Depending on you age, imaging of the brain may be indicated.
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Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 38 years experience
Interesting photomigrograph. Exposure to central nervous system stimulants or withrawal from CNS depressnats can trigger seizures as well. Usually its a combination of factors.
Apr 30, 2014
Dr. Guillermo Philipps
Pediatrics - Neurology 17 years experience
Unprovoked seizures: Epilepsy is defined as having 2 or more unprovoked seizures. There are several types of epilepsy and causes of epilepsy.
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