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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Abnormal Eeg (Overview)

Abnormal EEG (electro-encephalogram) is a test result in which the EEG recording of the brain's electrical activity shows patterns that are not normal, or that are known to be signs of conditions such as seizures (convulsions, epilepsy) or sleep disorders.


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What could cause an abnormal eeg?

What could cause an abnormal eeg?

Too many causes: The eeg is a measure of the electrical activity of the brain. The brain activity may run rough due to lack of sleep, medications, illness, drugs, brain damage, tumors, malformations, etc. Many findings on eeg are without explanation. Specific patterns may indicate a specific disease condition or be associated with a specific genetic disorder. Children can have strange but benign abnormalities. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
24 doctors shared insights

Abnormal Eeg (Overview)

Abnormal EEG (electro-encephalogram) is a test result in which the EEG recording of the brain's electrical activity shows patterns that are not normal, or that are known to be signs of conditions such as seizures (convulsions, epilepsy) or sleep disorders.


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What would make a mildly abnormal eeg?

What would make a mildly abnormal eeg?

Many causes: There are many causes of a mildly abnormal eeg from sleepiness (which can look like slowing) to medications, to medical problems causing a confusional state (delirium) to stroke and so on. Mildly abnormal eeg's are also sometimes seen in people without a definite neurological problem. ...Read more

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What are causes of abnormal EEG results?

EEGs are hard: An abnormal eeg can mean many things. Intermittent changes in eeg, like theta discharges or spikes, can be associated with epileptic seizures or other intermittent symptoms like migraine. Continuous changes, like slow background, can be an effect of drugs or internal disorders like liver or kidney disease. Changes in one spot of the head could mean damage like stroke or tumor. ...Read more

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What is the next step after having an abnormal eeg?

Consult a Neurolgist: If you have an abnormal eeg, it depends on how abnormal it is, and what is your other medical and neurolgic history. Really only a specialist should advise you what your next step is. It might be medicine, it might be just watching things. ...Read more

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Do they need to catch the spike in the abnormal EEG in order to do anything about it?

Its helpful: Localization of the source of seizures and assessment of a medications ability to prevent clinical seizures can be gleaned from a single eeg study. Epilepsy is a clinical diagnosis, one best handles by a trusted epileptologist. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for abnormal EEG results for my toddler?

Possible reasons for abnormal EEG results for my toddler?

Many possibilities: Eeg is helpful inmany ways. Focal slowing, generalized slowing, focal seizure activity, generalized seizure activity are among the possible reasons an eeg might be considered abnormal. After age 2 the eeg of a child is similar to an adult in many ways. ...Read more

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Can lamictal cause abnormal EEG results?

Yes: Although Lamictal is used to treat epilepsy, a condition characterized often by abnormal eeg, it does affect the brain's electrical activity. As such it certainly does have the potential to change the eeg, just as does any other anti-epileptic drug/. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Eeg (Definition)

An electroencephaolgram (eeg) is a test that uses wires on the scalp to measure electrical activity produced by the brain. It is used to assess cerebral activity, and can be very helpful in the diagnosis and treatment of seizures as well ...Read more