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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?

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?

Seizures?: An abnormal eeg suggests seizures. I see that you had an MRI of the brain which can help find any other potential cause. If you have a question about the treatment you should call the doctor to ask. Lamictal is an appropriate treatment for seizures. ...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


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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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Can lamictal cause abnormal EEG results?

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

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Can long term dr prescribed Xanax use cause abnormal eeg?

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

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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

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What can cause an abnormal EEG report?

EEG: Seizures, Encephalopathies, Delirium, Endocrine disorders, Brain death. Dementia, Encephalitis, Substance toxicities or withdrawal states. ...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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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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Does an abnormal EEG confirm epilepsy in you?

Does an abnormal EEG confirm epilepsy in you?

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 more

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What does a finding of "midly abnormal eeg" mean in a patient with dementia?

What does a finding of "midly abnormal eeg" mean in a patient with dementia?

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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What does a finding of "midly abnormal eeg" mean in a patient with dementia?

Hard to say: If it's a change from a previously normal EEG it might mean there are some changes in how your brain processes signals. If it's your first EEG it might mean nothing. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is happening to a childs brain to create an abnormal eeg?

Can you tell me what is happening to a childs brain to create an abnormal eeg?

Most common: Causes would be damaged brain tissue, seizure disorders, infections and medications. There are other non-specific abnormalities that may be difficult to explain. ...Read more

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Abnormal EEG means epilepsy, or are there other people with abnormal EEG but are perfectly fine, please help!?

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

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There are occasional high voltage sharp waves seen bilaterally. Is these the baseline for a neurologist give a diagnosis of ABNORMAL EEG?

EEG interpretation: An EEG done for very young patients is sometimes difficult to interpret. Abnormalities are common for patients less than 2 years old. It may be the pattern or size that are important. If the sharp waves are large enough though, these may be considered abnormal. ...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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My 5yr old son has had two abnormal EEG's. It's in one area of his brain, could a tumor be the cause?

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

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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?

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 advice is consulting an epileptologist and a sleep disorder specialist. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have had an abnormal eeg. What does it mean when it says sharply-contoured waves and phase reversed in left temporal? What is focal irritability?

I have had an abnormal eeg. What does it mean when it says sharply-contoured waves and phase reversed in left temporal? What is focal irritability?

underlying scar: An eeg which shows sharply contoured waves with phase reversal in the temporal lobe means that there is a scar in the underlying temporal lobe that maybe seizure generating. ...Read more

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In uteto stroke, abnormal EEG, no seizures. Drs say abnormality on EEG can be from stroke site. Can anyone elaborate? Is it likely to not hv seizure?

In uteto stroke, abnormal EEG, no seizures. Drs say abnormality on EEG can be from stroke site. Can anyone elaborate?  Is it likely to not hv seizure?

EEG Findings: I would need more information to provide a better answer, but most likely the EEG showed some focal slowing without any seizure like discharges that would indicate a structural lesion. In this case, most likely a stroke. The likelihood of having a seizure has many other factors that need to be considered. ...Read more

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8 year old had abnormal EEG with occipital spikes, &. Never had a seizure, should she be on medication? How likely is it that she would have a seizure

Hard to say: Without doing a complete history & physical and reviewing the actual EEG report, it is hard to comment on what course to take. You have not stated why the EEG was obtained or what other issues are present. Some childhood conditions are outgrown over time and there is a trend to avoid medications unless necessary. ...Read more

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15 yr old son has hasimotos with an abnormal EEG with spikes and waves in photic stimulation and slow amplitide fast waves in left central and temporal?

Maybe: Really question based on eeg of a seizure disorder, and the photic may suggest petit mal epilepsy, but you need to discuss further with your doctor regarding the relationship of all of this to the thyroid issues. ...Read more

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What kinds of questions should I ask after a diagnosis of seizure disorder? Had abnormal eeg-mri normal. Just have fainted easily all my life.

What kinds of questions should I ask after a diagnosis of seizure disorder? Had abnormal eeg-mri normal. Just have fainted easily all my life.

Other causes possibl: Fainting can be caused by cardiac issues, blood pressure changes or just a very sensitive vagal nerve response. A neurologist should be able to help you get to the bottom of this. ...Read more

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My doctor never really told me a diagnosis. I have an abnormal EEG with sharp waves. Then a mri. I am on generic keppra (levetiracetam). What should I ask specific?

Couple simple ?'s: Do I have epilepsy? If so, what kind? What caused my spell? I was lead to believe I experienced syncope, or passed out, could it be my heart or blood pressure? Is my eeg specific for epilepsy or could it be due to head injury, migraine, or other etiologies? Should I get another opinion? ...Read more

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I have had an abnormal eeg. Doctor put me on keppra (levetiracetam) generic. Do I have epilepsy or what?

Not enough info: Please ask this question of your doctor, who knows the details of your history and has seen your eeg and other tests. No doctor here can give a meaningful answer to your question with the limited information we have! ...Read more

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Can a 16-year old have an abnormal EEG done is hospital but not have epilepsy had 1 positive EEG but never another seizure?

Can a 16-year old have an abnormal EEG done is hospital but not have epilepsy had 1 positive EEG but never another seizure?

Abnormal EEG: After the seizure, if aeeag is done withing 24 hrs, it is abnormal. Usually the anti seizure meds are not started after just one seizure. If never had a repeat seizure, I would doubt the diagnosis of epilepsy. Consult with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Horrific headaches, foot/calve numbness, adultonset bedwetting, 5mm non enhancing WML on MRI, abnormal EEG, Do you think these things are all related?

Horrific headaches, foot/calve numbness, adultonset bedwetting, 5mm non enhancing WML on MRI, abnormal EEG, Do you think these things are all related?

Seen neurologist?: These could be related, suggest you review these symptoms with my good friend Dr Saghafi — he is an adult neurologist and is the perfect person to discuss this with ASAP. Make sure you look him up in Concierge, he can see you as a patient if you would like more answers. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Abnormal Eeg (Definition)

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, ...Read more