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Long-Term Inpatient Audiovisual Scalp EEG Monitoring

Thompson, James L.*; Ebersole, John S.*†

Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: March 1999 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 91-99
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Long-term audiovisual scalp EEG monitoring is an essential diagnostic tool for the evaluation of paroxysmal disorders. The definitive classification of both nonepileptic and epileptic events is often possible only with the use of this technique. Assessment of response to treatment and the noninvasive presurgical localization of seizure foci are other important uses. The optimization of both clinical semiology and electrophysiologic data obtained from such studies is the subject of significant research efforts. Outcomes studies and advanced EEG analysis research should ultimately serve to minimize the cost of this valuable technique as well as maximizing utility.

*Department of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, and Neurology Service, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to James L. Thompson, M.D., Department of Neurology, Yale University School of Medicine, POB 208018, New Haven, CT 06520-8018.

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