Your doctor will take a health history from you and your loved ones. You may be asked about:
Your doctor may do a physical exam. Special focus will be given to your nervous system. Tests will be done to see if you might have epilepsy, and if so, what type of seizures you have.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD Last Updated: 3/26/2019