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Epilepsy and EEG’s


Can you have epileptic seizures/epilepsy with an almost normal EEG?

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normal EEG's does not rule out epilepsy. In fact I think it is almost 50% of people will have a normal EEG, as brain activity causing epilepsy only occurs when having an actual seizure. My daughters EEG's have always been normal, yet she has epilepsy for over 6 years.

You can if they start deep in your brain, ie in the hippocampus and don't last long.

in reply to Erafriendly

I've had epilepsy for 25 years and I've had an EEG every year and only 3 showed that I had epilepsy and that was because I was having episodes of various seizures while having the EEG, so yes you can have epilepsy with a normal eeg

If that’s the case how do you get diagnosed with epilepsy

Curious also, how you get diagnosed with a normal EEG.


My 1 hour EEG came back normal so I’m waiting to get my 72 hour EEG when my insurance will start. I’m having a hard time getting diagnosed.

Epilepsy is largely a clinical diagnosis and a persons EEG may be normal between seizures. The behaviour a person exhibits during a seizure is the best way a specialist can diagnose a seizure disorder so if you can get a video recording of a seizure then that is so helpful

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