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What services are available to help diagnose and treat seizures and unknown events?

It can be challenging to know if an event is an epileptic seizure.  Passing out or fainting, forgetfulness, involuntary movements, or strange sensations, may or may not be epileptic seizures.  Physicians use a test known as an Electroencephalogram, or EEG, to determine if a patient has increased signals in his or her brain associated with epileptic seizures.

Routine EEGs are completed at a doctor’s office or hospital.  They take approximately one hour, total -- beginning with 20 - 30 minutes to attach the patches to the head, followed by an additional 30 minutes to record the electrical pulses from the brain.  

If a routine EEG does not provide enough information, patients may need a continuous video EEG monitoring study.  This is a scheduled procedure completed in the hospital where the EEG is placed on the head in order to record the event of question. This is called an Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) or Long-Term Monitoring (LTM) stay.