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Electroencephalography (EEG) is thought to be the most
useful test in confirming a diagnosis of
epilepsy, but it is not foolproof.
Video and EEG monitoring records seizures on videotape and computer
so that the doctor can see what happens just before, during, and right after a
seizure occurs. The video records what you are doing while the EEG records the
electrical activity occurring in your brain. This type of monitoring may be
Bazil CW, Pedley TA (2010). Epilepsy. In LP Rowland, TA Pedley, eds., Merritt’s Neurology, 12th ed., pp. 927–948. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Current as ofFebruary 19, 2016
Current as of:
February 19, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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