|Placement of Sensors for an EEG|
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Reasons for Test
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Ask your doctor whether you need to stop any medications, such as stimulants, prior to the test.
- Avoid caffeine for eight hours before the test.
- Shampoo your hair the day of the test. Do not use hair styling products.
- If you are having a sleep-deprived EEG, you may need to stay awake the night before the test. You should also arrange for a ride to and from the test.
- If you are prone to seizures, arrange for a ride to and from the test.
Description of Test
- You may be asked to breathe deeply and rapidly.
- A strobe light may be turned on. It sends fast pulses of light.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
Epilepsy Foundation http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov
Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation http://www.cnsfederation.org
Epilepsy Canada http://www.epilepsy.ca
EEG (electroencephalogram). Nemours Kid's Health website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sick/eeg.html. Updated September 2013. Accessed February 13, 2014.
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Seizure in children. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated July 22, 2013. Accessed February 13, 2014.
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- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/14/2014 -
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