Manual of Child Neurology: Problem Based Approach to Common Disorders

Seizure Semiology

Author(s): Mohammed M. S. Jan

Pp: 62-71 (10)

DOI: 10.2174/978160805022211201010062

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The diagnosis of epilepsy depends upon a number of factors, particularly detailed and accurate seizure history, or semiology. Other diagnostic data, consisting of electroencephalography (EEG), videomonitoring of the seizures, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), are important in any comprehensive epilepsy program, particularly with respect to lateralizing and localizing the seizure focus, if such a focus exists, and with respect to determining the type of seizure or seizure syndrome. The aim of this chapter is to present a survey of important semiologic characteristics of various seizures that provide the historian with observations, which help to lateralize and localize epileptic zones. Clinical semiology is the starting point of understanding a seizure disorder and making the diagnosis of epilepsy. While it may not provide unequivocal evidence of localization of the epileptic focus, nevertheless it usually directs subsequent investigations, whose concordance is necessary for the ultimate localization.

Keywords: Seizure, Epilepsy, Preictal, Ictus, Postictal, Aura, Occipital, Semiology, Conciousness, Awareness, Frontal, Temporal, Parietal.

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