Diagnosis of Epilepsy in Adults
In diagnosis of epilepsy, the new doctor may suspect a patient with epilepsy if she has had more than one seizure. In addition, doctors also need to know the characteristics of seizures experienced. Therefore, it is important for the patient to inquire the seizure characteristics of those who witnessed the patient’s seizure event in order to obtain relevant information. This needs to be done because a number of other conditions sometimes have symptoms similar to epilepsy (eg panic attacks and migraines).
To complete the information, the physician also needs to ask the patient’s medical history (eg whether the patient is suffering from a condition that may cause epilepsy), the patient’s lifestyle (eg, alcoholic drinker, or narcotic use), and drugs the patient is taking.
If the above oral statement is not enough, the doctor may perform a more detailed examination method through:
- MRI scan. Types of tests performed with the help of radio waves and magnetic fields to produce images of organs in the body in detail is intended to determine the existence of brain tumors or disabilities in the brain structure as the cause of epilepsy.
- Electroencephalogram or EEG. This check is performed to determine the impaired impulse or electrical activity in the brain that may be the cause of the seizure.