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Seizures Emergencies (cont.)

Seizures Emergencies Diagnosis

A doctor should evaluate any questionable seizure.

Not all of the following diagnostic tests are necessary for every seizure type, and many are not necessary upon first evaluation in the emergency department. Some may be arranged with a primary care doctor later as an outpatient.

The evaluation and treatments needed may include these procedures:

  • Blood tests
  • Imaging (head CT scan or MRI)
  • Spinal tap
  • EEG (electroencephalogram or a brain wave tracing)
  • Medications to stop or prevent seizures
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2014
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