What other conditions are misdiagnosed as epilepsy?

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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Epilepsy & Seizures Diagnosis & Tests

Epilepsy & Seizures Diagnosis & Tests

It's important to have a thorough consultation with a primary care provider or neurologist to receive a proper epilepsy diagnosis. This is especially important since other conditions, such as acute anxiety attacks or alcohol withd...

drawal, may be misdiagnosed as epilepsy. Diagnosis is usually done with a neurological exam involving a combination of EEG, MRI and laboratory tests.
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