Epilepsy Types Directory
Epilepsy types vary by symptoms and treatments. Some types of epilepsy include childhood absence epilepsy, juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, temporal lobe epilepsy, and more. Diagnosing the particular type a person has can be done with MRI, EEG, and other tests. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how different types of epilepsy are diagnosed and treated.
What Are the Types of Epilepsy?
Find out about the different kinds of epilepsy, and learn what types of seizures are typical of each type.
Types of Seizures and Their Symptoms
Find out more about the different kinds of seizures and the symptoms they cause.
Diagnosing Epilepsy: EEG's Limits-Topic Overview
Electroencephalography (EEG) is thought to be the most useful test in confirming a diagnosis of epilepsy, but it is not foolproof. Some people with abnormal EEG results do not have epilepsy. This is not common.About 50% of people with epilepsy will have normal results on their first EEG.1 If epilepsy is still suspected, a follow-up EEG may be done. This second test may be a sleep-deprived EEG, in which the test is done after you have been forced to stay awake for a longer period of time than usual. A sleep-deprived EEG can sometimes reveal abnormalities that did not show up on the regular EEG.From 10% to 40% of people with epilepsy will have normal EEG results even after having several EEG tests done.1Video and EEG monitoring records seizures on videotape and computer so that the doctor can see what happens just before, during, and right after a seizure occurs. The video records what you are doing while the EEG records the electrical activity occurring in your brain. This type of
The Basics of Epilepsy
Read basic information about epilepsy and various types of seizures.