EEG is an essential clinical tool: Pro and con

Nathan B. Fountain, John M. Freeman

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The authors debate whether routine EEG is an essential clinical tool for evaluation of a first seizure. One author suggests that because of the positive predictive value of interictal spikes for seizure recurrence, the EEG is a useful tool. The other author argues that since many clinicians would not treat after a single seizure, even if the EEG were abnormal, the EEG is not essential. Both authors agree that the EEG should only be ordered with forethought to answer a specific question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-25
Number of pages3
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • EEG
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure
  • Sensitivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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