Night Terrors (cont.)
Exams and Tests
Usually, a complete history and a physical examination are sufficient to diagnose night terrors.
If other disorders are suspected, additional tests may be useful to exclude them:
- An electroencephalogram
(EEG), which is a test to measure brain activity, may be performed if a seizure disorder is
- Polysomnography (a
combination of tests used to check for adequate breathing while asleep) may be
done if a breathing disorder is suspected.
- CT scans and MRIs are usually not necessary.
Carmel Armon, MD, MHS, MSc
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