Exams and Tests
The first task facing the doctor is to decide if the event was a seizure or some other condition, such as fainting, that may mimic a seizure.
- The doctor will take a history about the facts that surrounded the event. Any eyewitness accounts will be very helpful. Family history, social history, and past medical history are
important as well.
- Bring any medicine containers, including prescription drugs, to the hospital to help the doctor make the diagnosis.
- A neurological examination will be performed. This may include some tests not usually performed in other physical examinations, such as strength and reflex testing.
- Depending on the history and physical examination, laboratory work may
be ordered. This might include blood or urine testing.
- Special testing such as MRI, CT scans, or EEG (brain wave patterns) may be performed.
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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