Prego-Lopez, Marisa; Devinsky, Orrin
"Evaluation of a first seizure. Is it epilepsy?"
Postgraduate medicine 2002 Jan; 111(1):'141'-'145'
- The first step in evaluation of a presumed seizure is to determine whether the event was indeed a seizure and which diagnostic studies are needed. The second step is to correctly diagnose the seizure on the basis of the medical history and findings from the physical, neurologic, and laboratory evaluation. The third step is to decide whether drug treatment is necessary. Every paroxsymal event is unique, and not every seizure needs to be treated. When treatment is deemed appropriate, an antiepileptic drug should be chosen after discussion with the patient and consideration of the risk-benefit profile of the available agents
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