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How is Epilepsy Diagnosed?

epilepsy diagnoses information at the gw medical faculty associates

How Is The Diagnosis Made?

  • detailed medical history will be taken
  • A thorough physical examination including neurological examination will be done
  • Several tests will be done based on the above information and include:
    • EEG (Electroencephalogram): the “brain wave” test: a recording is made of the brain wave patterns which can give valuable information about the type of seizure and where seizures originate
    • MRI: imaging of the brain to find out if there are any abnormalities in the brain causing seizures
    • Blood tests: to check for any underlying medical condition that maybe contributory
    • Other tests: depends on each patient and the type of seizure

What To Do If You Are Diagnosed With Seizures?

  • Your doctor will refer you to a Neurologist or an Epileptologist
  • Learn more about your condition
  • Partner with your doctor to find the best options of treatment for you
  • Consider joining a support group

Multidisciplinary Care Team

Our Epilepsy team offers expert, academic-based, personalized, coordinated care with advanced diagnosis and treatment options for Epilepsy and Seizures.

  • Epileptologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Psychiatrists
  • Radiologists
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Dieticians
  • EEG Technicians
  • Social workers
  • and many others…

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