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Title: What is the sensitivity and specificity of routine EEG in the diagnosis of epilepsy?
Author: Merok, Joshua R.; Xenos, Helen P.
Keywords: seizure disorder
epileptiform activity
Date: 2009-06
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Evidence Based Practice 12(6): 12.
Series/Report no.: Help Desk Answers
Abstract: The sensitivity of electroencephalogram (EEG) for the diagnosis of suspected epilepsy in adults is 29% to 55%. Sensitivity can be increased to 80% to 90% with use of serial EEGs. The specificity in healthy patients is generally 99.5%. (SOR A, based on multiple diagnostic cohort studies.)
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