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What tests are done to help diagnose complex partial seizures?

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  • Electroencephalogram (EEG): Special sensors are placed on your head and connected to a computer to measure and record your brain waves.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan: Several X-rays are taken from different angles and put together to make a more complete picture of your brain.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Powerful magnets and radio waves make detailed images of your brain.

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Focal Onset Impaired Awareness Seizures (complex partial seizures),” “First Aid for Complex Partial Seizures,” “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation,” “Dietary Therapies,” “Seizure First Aid.”

Medscape: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): “What Is Epilepsy?”

AboutKidsHealth: “Epilepsy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deja Vu: What It Is, When It May Be Cause for Concern.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Focal Onset Impaired Awareness Seizures (complex partial seizures),” “First Aid for Complex Partial Seizures,” “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation,” “Dietary Therapies,” “Seizure First Aid.”

Medscape: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): “What Is Epilepsy?”

AboutKidsHealth: “Epilepsy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deja Vu: What It Is, When It May Be Cause for Concern.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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