What is required for the diagnosis of epilepsy?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Traditionally, the diagnosis of epilepsy requires the occurrence of at least 2 unprovoked seizures. Some clinicians also diagnose epilepsy when 1 unprovoked seizure occurs in the setting of a predisposing cause, such as a focal cortical injury, or a generalized interictal discharge occurs that suggests a persistent genetic predisposition. (See Clinical Presentation.)


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