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Epilepsy

Abnormal EEG without seizures

05/09/2000

Question:

Is a person who does not have any seizure symptoms while showing sub-clinical seizure activity considered epileptic? I tried behavior therapy, neurofeedback and other techniques to manage my intractable complex partial seizures. I have been seizure free since July of 1998 and safely driving since September of 1998. How long need I go without any seizures to no longer be considered epileptic? Thank you.

Answer:

I assume you mean that your EEG still shows abnormalities but you are seizure-free. There are certain epilepsies that resolve over time. Patients would need to be seizure-free for at least 3 to 5 years OFF of seizure medication to be considered no longer epileptic.

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Response by:

David M Ficker, MD David M Ficker, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati