How are epileptic seizures diagnosed?

Updated: May 30, 2019
  • Author: David Y Ko, MD; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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The diagnosis of epileptic seizures is made by analyzing the patient's detailed clinical history and by performing ancillary tests for confirmation. Someone who has observed the patient's repeated events is usually the best person to provide an accurate history. However, the patient also provides invaluable details about auras, preservation of consciousness, and postictal states. A key feature of epileptic seizures is their stereotypic nature.


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