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A 54-year-old male asked:

what is the difference in diagnosing syncope vs. a seizure resulting in loss of consciousness?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Difference: Both cause loss of consciousness, but with seizures there are associated symptoms like convulsing movements, incontinence of urine or feces, biting of the tongue, drowsiness or confusion after regaining consciousness which is called a post ictal state. Patients with seizure disorder usually have an abnormal EEG(brain wave test).
Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Seizure: Syncope is fainting due to many possible reasons. A seizure is diagnosed with EEG and that is pursued if there is indication in the history of the syncope that points towards seizure.

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