Epilepsy physical exam

Also known as: Physical exam for epilepsy
A physical exam and detailed medical history often provide the best clues as to whether you have epilepsy and what type of epilepsy and seizures you have. Discussing what happens to you just before, during, and right after a seizure can help the doctor make a diagnosis.

Your doctor may want to rule out other possible causes for the seizures with other laboratory tests, which may include:

Complete blood count (CBC) to check for infection, and blood chemistry tests to check for abnormal electrolyte levels (such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium), signs of kidney or liver malfunction, and other common problems.

Lumbar puncture (sometimes called a spinal tap), which is an analysis of spinal fluid evaluated to rule out infections, such as meningitis and encephalitis.

Toxicology screen, which examines blood, urine, or hair to look for poisons, illegal drugs, or other toxins.

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