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DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF EPILEPSY

Benbadis, Selim R.

CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology: August 2007 - Volume 13 - Issue 4, Epilepsy - p 48-70
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000284534.43272.1c
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Because the diagnosis of seizures relies entirely on the history, epilepsy is frequently misdiagnosed. In addition, EEGs that are overread contribute to the misdiagnosis. Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures are the most common condition misdiagnosed as epilepsy, followed by syncope. Other conditions that cause paroxysmal short-lived neurologic dysfunction are usually easier to differentiate from seizures, but should also be considered in the differential diagnosis.

© 2007 American Academy of Neurology
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