What is the role of EEG in the evaluation of epilepsy syndromes?

Updated: Oct 01, 2020
  • Author: Raj D Sheth, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Electroencephalography (EEG) is an essential component in the evaluation of epilepsy. The EEG provides important information about background EEG and epileptiform discharges and is required for the diagnosis of specific electroclinical syndromes. [1] Such a diagnosis carries important prognostic information, guides selection of antiepileptic medication, and suggests when to discontinue medication. Neurologic examination and imaging in the essential idiopathic, typically genetic, epilepsies are usually normal. [2]


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