Epilepsy & Seizures Diagnosis & Tests

What other conditions are misdiagnosed as epilepsy?

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  • AIrene Semenov, DO, Neurology, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    Many conditions may be misdiagnosed as epilepsy including psychogenic seizures, medication induced  or alcohol withdrawal seizures, fainting spells, acute anxiety attacks, migraine with aura and benign febrile seizures in small children. A consultation with a primary care provider and a neurologist is usually required in order to get the correct diagnosis. Your neurologist may need  to order a test such as an EEG (electroencephalogram) which helps with making the correct diagnosis.
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