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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
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
Sometimes: There are several possible abnormalities on an eeg which can confirm the diagnosis of epilepsy, if the patient's history is consistent with that. However, some eegs may be "over-interpreted" as being consistent with seizures when they are not, so it is important to work a neurologist who has been trained in eeg interpretation. A seizure may be recorded during an eeg, that may be confirmatory. ...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
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