Diagnostic yield of routine EEG in adults with active epilepsy

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dc.contributor.author McGinty, R. N.
dc.contributor.author Costello, Daniel J.
dc.contributor.author Kinirons, P.
dc.contributor.author McNamara, Brian
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-15T10:22:16Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-15T10:22:16Z
dc.date.issued 2019-01
dc.identifier.citation McGinty, R. N., Costello, D. J., Kinirons, P. and McNamara, B. (2019) 'Diagnostic yield of routine EEG in adults with active epilepsy', Irish Medical Journal, 112(1), 851. Available at: http://imj.ie/diagnostic-yield-of-routine-eeg-in-adults-with-active-epilepsy/ (Accessed: 15 February 2019) en
dc.identifier.volume 112 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-3102
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7504
dc.description.abstract Routine electroencephalogram (rEEG) is an important investigation in suspected seizures but can be normal in people with epilepsy. The diagnostic yield of rEEG varies considerably according to the patient group studied. We aimed to estimate the diagnostic yield of rEEG in a real-world cohort of adults with active epilepsyâ a population not previously reported. This single centre study evaluated neurophysiology findings for adults with prolonged inpatient video EEG (vEEG)-confirmed active epilepsy, who had at least one prior rEEG. Sixty-eight patients had a total of 171 rEEGs, of which 93 (54.4%) were normal, 42 (24.6%) found non-specific abnormalities and 36 (21.1%) captured interictal epileptiform abnormalities (IIEAs). Serial rEEGs revealed a 22.1% yield of IIEAs on the first test, with the cumulative yield peaking at 33.8% on the fourth rEEG. This study adds to existing evidence regarding the limited diagnostic usefulness of serial rEEG in patients with active epilepsy. en
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dc.publisher Irish Medical Organisation en
dc.relation.uri http://imj.ie/diagnostic-yield-of-routine-eeg-in-adults-with-active-epilepsy/
dc.rights © 2019, Irish Medical Organisation. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Routine electroencephalogram en
dc.subject rEEG en
dc.subject Limited diagnostic usefulness en
dc.subject Active epilepsy en
dc.subject Seizure en
dc.title Diagnostic yield of routine EEG in adults with active epilepsy en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Brian Mcnamara, Medicine Department, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: brian.mcnamara@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2019-02-15T10:14:21Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Medical Journal en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress brian.mcnamara@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 851

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