• The duration of an ambulatory electroencephalogram (aEEG) necessary to record epileptic seizures was studied in neurological patients. A total of 2221 aEEG recordings were made for 2035 inpatients. Ambulatory EEG lasting 1 to 8 days (mean, 1.6 days) included seizures or typical undiagnosed symptomatic attacks in 750 recordings (34%), and 266 of them were epileptic in origin. Symptomatic attacks without simultaneous EEG discharges were exhibited in 27% of the epileptic patients. Of the total number of epileptic seizures, 81% were encountered during the first 24 hours, an additional 10% during the next 24 hours, and 7% during the third 24-hour period. Our conclusion was that, in patients exhibiting epileptic seizures during the aEEG recording, the diagnosis will be confirmed by a 2-day recording in the vast majority of the cases.
Tuunainen A, Nousiainen U, Mervaala E, Riekkinen P. Efficacy of a 1- to 3-Day Ambulatory Electroencephalogram in Recording Epileptic Seizures. Arch Neurol. 1990;47(7):799–800. doi:10.1001/archneur.1990.00530070097016
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