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What Is The Best Treatment For Abnormal Eeg
After abnormal EEG (spikes&slowing) i was prescribed lamictal but didn't receive a diagnosis of anything. Does the script seem premature? Is it ok to take?
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
Not typically but...: I guess anything's possible. Here are the drugs that usually are mentioned in relationship to EEG alterations: https://treato.com/Abnormal+EEG/?a=s ...Read more
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
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
Yes and no: The eeg is a tool to be used by a trained neurologist to help diagnose epilepsy. The eeg alone is of little value. The history and examination are the important elements. Eeg recorded during a seizure can be very helpful but difficult to obtain. Baseline eeg can show abnormal activity, especially in children, even though the patient has never had a seizure. It is valuable in the right hands. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Means no seizures: EEG's are best designed to look for seizures and assess some rudimentary levels of consciousness, not necessarily the same as alertness or cognitive capacity. The EEG abnormalities that you may find detailed in the report itself are likely as a result of the underlying dementia. No seizure disorder detected in this case. ...Read more
Abnormal EEG means epilepsy, or are there other people with abnormal EEG but are perfectly fine, please help!?
Depends on setting: While there are people with abnormal eegs who do not have any symptoms, most eeg abnormalities do suggest an underlying problem. That being said, not all abnormalities are created equal- some may simply mean that the patient was sleep deprived, while others can signify constant ongoing seizure activity. A neurologist can help put the findings in the right context. ...Read more
There are occasional high voltage sharp waves seen bilaterally.
Is these the baseline for a neurologist give a diagnosis of ABNORMAL EEG?
My 5yr old son has had two abnormal EEG's. It's in one area of his brain, could a tumor be the cause?
Needs evaluation.: EEGs are done when one suspects seizure activity. Focal areas of seizure activity, determined by abnormal EEG may need further testing in the form of scans of the brain. You should consult a doctor/pediatric neurologist to look further into this. This is not alarming but needs further tests at least to disprove such diagnosis. ...Read more
Can parasomnia show up on an EEG and be mistaken for a seizure back in 98 my son was 16 and had 1 abnormal EEG then one normal?
Parasomnia: I am not aware that parasomnias have been studies with eeg, although any seizure disorder, Alpha or delta wave abnormality, or other spike and wave disorders would manifest in a sleep- deprived, or 24 hr eeg monitoring. My advise is consulting a epileptologist and a sleep disorder specialist. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
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