An electroencephalogram, or EEG, is one of the available tests used to diagnose epilepsy.
An EEG is a common test used in the diagnosis of epilepsy. This is done by measuring the electrical activity of neurons in the brain. An EEG can tell your healthcare provider if there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain and, in some cases, the types of seizures you might be experiencing. An EEG can also help your healthcare provider identify any other abnormalities existing in the brain, such as a coma, brain death, or the presence of a tumour or a stroke. Other common referrals for an EEG by health care providers include:
All of which could be related to epilepsy or more especially sub clinical epileptic disorders.
An EEG is a simple and painless yet important procedure that will help your healthcare provider identify any abnormal activity occurring in your brain.
EEGs are typically performed in a neurology clinic by a trained technologist or in the hospital on an outpatient basis. You are fully awake for this procedure. An EEG cap will then be placed over your head and conduction gel will be inserted into individual electrodes to ease with the recording. The gel used is non toxic and water based and is easily removed with warm water. The electrodes will then record your brain activity.
The entire EEG should take between 30 minutes to an hour. Activation procedures are then performed to see how your brain responds. The activation procedures include photic or light stimulation, blinking, and rapid breathing. In some cases, a sleep record may be requested however the patient will be informed of this before the recording.
There are not a lot of things that you can do for an EEG, other than:
If yes to any of the above than there is a possibility that your child could be suffering from an underlying epilepsy disorder or subclinical seizures.
Subclinical seizures are seizures that occur without altering consciousness.