• Laboratory tests (complete blood count [CBC], liver function tests [LFTs], serum chemistry)

• Neuroimaging (preferably MRI).

In patients with epilepsy these laboratory findings may be normal. Many of the tests are done to rule out other causes of seizures (e.g., infection, electrolyte imbal-

ance). Often the EEG appears normal between seizures. Several manipulations can be done in an attempt to capture seizure or seizure-like activity on the EEG. These include sleep deprivation, photic stimulation, prolonged (greater than 20 minutes) EEG recording, and 24-hour EEG monitoring with video correlation.

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