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Evaluating Seizures and Seizurelike Events 

Evaluating Seizures and Seizurelike Events
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Evaluating Seizures and Seizurelike Events
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Joseph F. Drazkowski

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190244927.003.0041
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date: 19 October 2019

Correctly diagnosing seizures and seizurelike events is important for numerous reasons, including safety issues, social consequences, and therapy. Patients with transient neurologic events of unknown cause are commonly admitted to hospitals, and an estimated 10% of the people in the United States have a seizure in their lifetime. These facts highlight the importance of making the correct diagnosis. This chapter reviews the differential diagnosis and a common approach to evaluating the patient with transient neurologic events. It also briefly reviews common neuroimaging and testing for definitive seizures.

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