Alternate Names : Seizure Disorder
How is the condition diagnosed?
Diagnosis of epilepsy begins with a history and physical exam. The healthcare provider will ask about contributing illnesses or injuries. An electroencephalogram, or EEG, will be ordered. An EEG measures electrical activity within the brain. If a seizure occurs during the EEG, the abnormal activity can be detected. A normal EEG does not rule out epilepsy. Other tests that may be ordered include the following:
blood tests to look for diseases or conditions causing the seizures
cranial CT scan to look for abnormalities in the brain
cranial MRI to provide a closer look at brain structures
positron emission tomography, or PET scans, to identify the abnormal brain area