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policy-makers, public health officials, medical practitioners and patients, the pharmaceutical industry and other epidemiologists (29). Diagnosis Accuracy of medical diagnosis is fundamental. Diagnosis is clinical and should be confirmed by a professional with expertise in epilepsy. EEG may help diagnosis, but is certainly needed to classify seizure type and give a meaningful prognosis. Most epidemiological studies to date have lacked investigatory facilities in the field, especially in developing countries. Studying epilepsy is beset with difficulties. Accurate diagnosis and case ascertainment remain major problems, because epilepsy is only a symptom of many disparate causative entities. Confident diagnosis or exclusion in all cases of seizures is difficult because seizure types vary, unusual behaviour and blank spells may not be recognized as seizures, there may be no accompanying neurological signs and if an eyewitness account is lacking, the diagnosis may not be made at all. Other conditions are readily confused
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  • Fall '15
  • Neurology, Seizure, Seizures, Acute symptomatic seizures

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