Diagnosing and Localizing Seizures at the Bedside and in Clinic

Joseph I. Sirven

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Diagnosing and localizing seizures is based upon a thorough and comprehensive clinical history, with the physical examination and supporting laboratory, imaging, and neurophysiologic studies used only to confirm that a seizure occurred and investigate the etiology. This chapter discusses the diagnosis of seizures and the anatomic localization of focal seizures with a particular emphasis on bedside evaluation techniques such as observation, history, and semiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEpilepsy
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781118456989, 9781118456941
StatePublished - Mar 17 2014


  • Complex partial seizure
  • Epilepsy
  • Frontal lobe
  • Generalized tonic-clonic seizure
  • Seizure
  • Semiology
  • Simple partial seizure
  • Temporal lobe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Sirven, J. I. (2014). Diagnosing and Localizing Seizures at the Bedside and in Clinic. In Epilepsy (Vol. 9781118456941, pp. 33-41). Wiley Blackwell. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118456989.ch5