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What assessments are needed for epilepsy?

What assessments are needed for epilepsy?

Your doctor may also suggest tests to detect brain abnormalities, such as:

  • Electroencephalogram (EEG).
  • High-density EEG .
  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Functional MRI (f MRI ).
  • Positron emission tomography (PET).
  • Single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT).

Does neurofeedback work for epilepsy?

Yes, seizure disorders like epilepsy respond well to neurofeedback training. Drugs and often surgery are routinely used to treat seizures and epilepsy. However, for those looking for a natural, risk-free approach, neurofeedback training can provide effective treatment for people with all types of seizure disorders.

What is the physiology of epilepsy?

Research into the pathophysiology of epilepsy has been an examination of the balances between excitation and inhibition. With the development of the animal models of MTLE, it has become clear that there are changes on both sides of the balance that would tilt the cell towards a hyperexcitable state.

How does an EEG work for epilepsy?

An EEG records the electrical activity of your brain via electrodes affixed to your scalp. EEG results show changes in brain activity that may be useful in diagnosing brain conditions, especially epilepsy and other seizure disorders.

What is the most important part of the assessment for epilepsy?

History and examination. As is typical in seizure diagnoses, the most important data derive from the history, which usually must be provided by observers as well as the patient. Topics should include: description of the seizure phenomena.

What is seizure neurofeedback?

Abstract. With electroencephalographic (EEG) biofeedback (or neurofeedback), it is possible to train the brain to de-emphasize rhythms that lead to generation and propagation of seizure and emphasize rhythms that make seizures less likely to occur.

Can neurofeedback cause seizures?

Neurofeedback has been proven to raise a person’s seizure threshold, meaning the brain would be more resistant to seizures.

Which neurotransmitter is responsible for epilepsy?

One of the most-studied neurotransmitters that plays a role in epilepsy is GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Research on GABA has led to drugs that alter the amount of this neurotransmitter in the brain or changes how the brain responds to it.

What neurotransmitter causes epileptic seizures?

Classical neurotransmitters and neuropeptides involved in generalized epilepsy: a focus on antiepileptic drugs.

Are EEGs accurate?

If abnormalities on the routine EEG are found, such as focal spikes and generalized spike waves, the risk of seizure recurrence increases two times. However, the routine EEG has its limitations as its accuracy to detect abnormalities after a FSUS has a sensitivity of 17% and specificity of 95% (7).