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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My son had epileptic seizures 7 years back when he was 16 years old near a bus stop and after he rested for a while he was alright. We did not take him to the doctor as we were out of station and when we came back to town he was alright and he played down the matter as casual.
Yesterday after this gap he had epileptic seizures again when he visited his sister in Singapore and was taken to hospital for treatment. After some time and initial first aid he is now normal and expected to return to India on 27th.
Please advise on the action to be taken by me and the cause of this epileptic seizures
User :   please advise
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Iam.Dr.xxxx
Doctor :   Was there any precipitating factor?
User :   yes doctor
User :   please advise me
Doctor :   like sleep loss
Doctor :   Seizures in children have many different types of symptoms
User :   yes he did not sleep for last 2 days and had not taken proper food and had acidity during this period at singapore
User :   he is aged 23 years now
Doctor :   so is this his second episode?
Doctor :   was he normal after birth?
Doctor :   did he have febrile seizures?
User :   yes, after 8 years
Doctor :   Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by a fever in infants or small children.
Doctor :   ok
User :   he was normal after birth
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   For him now a a thorough interview and examination should occur.
Doctor :   His medical history, birth history, any recent illness, and any medications or chemicals that the he could have been exposed to.
User :   which specialist i must see and which are the test i should get done
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Doctor :   An EEG records brain waves detected by electrodes placed on the scalp. This is the most common diagnostic test for epilepsy and can detect abnormalities in the brain's electrical activity.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   People with epilepsy frequently have changes in their normal pattern of brain waves, even when they are not experiencing a seizure.
Doctor :   One of the most important ways of diagnosing epilepsy is through the use of brain scans. The most commonly used brain scans include CT (computed tomography), PET (positron emission tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
User :   i was also told about mra what is this?
Doctor :   WWW.WWWW.WW
Doctor :   use the link to get neurologit in nashik
Doctor :   neurologist
User :   how much time it will take? and whether he needs to be hospitalised for this?
Doctor :   Taking a detailed medical history, including symptoms and duration of the seizures, is still one of the best methods available to determine if a person has epilepsy and what kind of seizures he or she has.
Doctor :   no need for hospitalisation
User :   will it be completed in one day?
Doctor :   . Even doctors may not be able to tell the difference between these disorders and epilepsy without close observation and intensive testing.
Doctor :   i cannot assure you that
Doctor :   Doctors often take blood samples for testing, particularly when they are examining a child. These blood samples are often screened for metabolic or genetic disorders that may be associated with the seizures.
User :   because he has to leave for US for higher studies on 4th August
Doctor :   so i would request you to get an meeting with an neurologist when he comes back
Doctor :   do all examination before that
Doctor :   Meet the neurologist first
User :   will there be any sort of medication after that tests
User :   for life time?
Doctor :   i cannot say that
Doctor :   it depends o his cause
Doctor :   sometimes sleep loss can even cause that
Doctor :   so the causes vary
User :   please tell me whether it is a body disorder of a disease?
User :   please tell me whether it is a body disorder or a disease?
Doctor :   In many of these cases, there is some family history of seizures. The remaining causes include infections such as meningitis, developmental problems such as cerebral palsy, head trauma, and many other less common causes.
User :   ok Doctor
User :   thanks
User :   for all the advise
User :   can I have your email id for further consultation if necessary?
Doctor :   THANKS FOR CONSULTING................
Doctor :   BYE FOR NOW
User :   bye bye
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