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Is there a specific test for epilepsy?

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Dr. Noel Alonso
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: EEG can help...

...To identify some types of epilepsy, but is not always diagnostic.
Some persons with epilepsy may have abnormal mri/ct scans or may have physical features suggestive of a disease process or syndrome.Some types are inherited, or due to exposures, illness, trauma or ingestions of certain medications or drugs. Still, the vast majority have idiopathic epilepsy, in which no clear cause is identified.

In brief: EEG can help...

...To identify some types of epilepsy, but is not always diagnostic.
Some persons with epilepsy may have abnormal mri/ct scans or may have physical features suggestive of a disease process or syndrome.Some types are inherited, or due to exposures, illness, trauma or ingestions of certain medications or drugs. Still, the vast majority have idiopathic epilepsy, in which no clear cause is identified.
Dr. Noel Alonso
Dr. Noel Alonso
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sort of

Certain types of abnormalities on the EEG are highly specific for epilepsy, though they may not be sensitive to detecting signs of epilepsy in all cases.
In some cases MRI scans can show certain types of changes which are highly associated with epilepsy. Many people with epilepsy have normal scans, EEGs, and examinations, though. The best "test" is an experienced epilepsy expert (epileptologist).

In brief: Sort of

Certain types of abnormalities on the EEG are highly specific for epilepsy, though they may not be sensitive to detecting signs of epilepsy in all cases.
In some cases MRI scans can show certain types of changes which are highly associated with epilepsy. Many people with epilepsy have normal scans, EEGs, and examinations, though. The best "test" is an experienced epilepsy expert (epileptologist).
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Dr. Andrew Reeves
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