Testing & Diagnosis for Seizures in children

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If your child is having seizures, a proper diagnosis relies strongly on your observations of your child’s symptoms. When you meet with a neurologist, you’ll want to be prepared to describe when during the day (and night) the seizure episodes occur, how long they last, what parts of your child’s body are involved and his or her mental state before, during and after.


Your medical team will first try to distinguish between true seizures and other problems that can look like seizures, such as stroke, fainting and movement disorders. If your child is indeed having seizures, the next step is to determine where in the brain the seizures are coming from and whether the seizures represent epilepsy or some other disorder. 


What tests are used to evaluate seizures?

Many of these tests can be performed in an outpatient clinic. You may also be offered testing for problems that may accompany seizures, such as learning or behavior difficulties or depression. This may include specialized testing to monitor your child’s cognitive abilities, learning, behavior, emotional well-being and social function.

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