Diagnostic investigations in epilepsy

A diagnosis is usually made after a person has had more than one epileptic seizure. Blood tests, an Electroencephalogram (EEG) and scans are used to gather information for a diagnosis. Tests on their own cannot confirm or rule out epilepsy. An EEG (Electroencephalogram) is one of the tests used to help diagnose epilepsy. A diagnosis of epilepsy can affect people in different ways. No test can say for certain whether you do or do not have epilepsy. But when information from the tests is added to the description of what happens during your seizures, this builds up a clearer picture of what happened. This can help with the diagnosis and when choosing treatment.

  • Track 1-1 Wada Test
  • Track 2-2 Long-term video-EEG monitoring
  • Track 3-3 Single-photon emission computed tomography
  • Track 4-4 Magnetoencephalography

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