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Can you ( or anybody) tell me Why a Dr. would perscribe Anti-Epileptic Meds. if asymptomatic? Doesn't asymptomatic mean Showing NO symptoms?

By Anonymous March 25, 2015 - 10:46am
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I was in the hospital from 2/15-2/17, I had an syncope episode at home ( I Fainted). Now the Dr. is saying that I have Complex Partial Seizure.( I have been in the Medical Profession for over 30 yrs. , and have Never heard of this before. Also, wouldn't I remember a 16-channel EEG being done, with 10-20 electrode placement with photic stimulation, being done on me?

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Hello Anonymous,

A complex partial seizure starts focally within the brain and causes impairment of consciousness. In most patients, complex partial seizures represent underlying temporal lobe epilepsy.

Seizures last about one to two minutes, and may have an aura or warning.

These seizures usually start in a small area of the temporal lobe or frontal lobe of the brain. They quickly involve other areas of the brain that affect alertness and awareness. So even though the person's eyes are open and they may make movements that seem to have a purpose, in reality "nobody's home." If the symptoms are subtle, other people may think the person is just daydreaming.

Some people can have seizures of this kind without realizing anything has happened. The seizure can wipe out memories of events just before or after it.

In most cases, the diagnosis is made by careful observation. An EEG is helpful test in confirming the diagnosis.

Medication is prescribed to prevent further seizures.

I hope this information helps you understand the diagnosis and recommended treatment.


March 25, 2015 - 4:43pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Dear, MaryAnn. Thank You for Your reply. Both my CT Scans came back Normal. And even though I have a report that Says it is an EEG report, NONE was Ever Done..." a 16 channel EEG was done on this Alert, Awake patient with 10-20 Electrode placement, Photic Stimulation was done". HUH--Never Happened. ( I think that I would remember that and my Mother-in-Law was with me, and she says NO, also) I'm going to another Neurologist in the morning for a 2nd opinion.

March 25, 2015 - 8:31pm
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