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How do Doctors Diagnose Epilepsy?

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I recently started having seizures, but so far they have only happened in my sleep. I have had two that I know of, but it is hard to tell if I have had more because of them only happening in my sleep. The doctor I saw when they first happened said that it's not considered epilepsy until you have had three seizures and diagnosed my with a chronic seizure disorder. What is that? How is it different from epilepsy? Isn't it possible that I have had more than two seizures anyway? I was put on anti seizure drugs.


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replied June 14th, 2006
Epilepsy Answer A1065
You can consult your doctor about performing an EEG to confirm or exclude epilepsy. If epilepsy is confirmed by these tests, then you have to identify the cause of epilepsy. Primary (idiopathic) epilepsy has no organic cause; it is probably genetically conditioned. Secondary (symptomatic) epilepsy there exists some organic reason for seizures such as a tumor, inflammation, vascular insult, parasitic cyst, vascular anomalies, etc. In this case,you may be requested to do a CT-scan or an MRI to detect one such cause. If there no cause presents itself, then doctors will diagnose the condition as idiopathic epilepsy; anti-epileptic drugs are the only treatment in this case. If there is an identifiable reason for epilepsy, then neurosurgical operation/intervention is reccommended when needed.
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