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Given that there is no definitive test for epilepsy why bother with the eeg?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: EEG + clinical

findings are vital to determine the type of seizure or epilepsy, which helps direct choice of Anti-Epileptic Drug, necessity for further studies &, often, prognosis.
Many epileptic syndromes have been found, so there are fewer diagnoses of "Idiopathic Epilepsy", especially in infants & children. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2601/ regarding the value of diagnostic EEG's.

In brief: EEG + clinical

findings are vital to determine the type of seizure or epilepsy, which helps direct choice of Anti-Epileptic Drug, necessity for further studies &, often, prognosis.
Many epileptic syndromes have been found, so there are fewer diagnoses of "Idiopathic Epilepsy", especially in infants & children. See http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK2601/ regarding the value of diagnostic EEG's.
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