Clinical utility of EEG in diagnosing and monitoring epilepsy in adults

W. O. Tatum, G. Rubboli, P. W. Kaplan, S. M. Mirsatari, K. Radhakrishnan, D. Gloss, L. O. Caboclo, F. W. Drislane, M. Koutroumanidis, D. L. Schomer, D. Kastelijn-Nolst Trenite, Mark Cook, S. Beniczky

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Electroencephalography (EEG) remains an essential diagnostic tool for people with epilepsy (PWE). The International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology produces new guidelines as an educational service for clinicians to address gaps in knowledge in clinical neurophysiology. The current guideline was prepared in response to gaps present in epilepsy-related neurophysiological assessment and is not intended to replace sound clinical judgement in the care of PWE. Furthermore, addressing specific pathophysiological conditions of the brain that produce epilepsy is of primary importance though is beyond the scope of this guideline. Instead, our goal is to summarize the scientific evidence for the utility of EEG when diagnosing and monitoring PWE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1056-1082
Number of pages27
JournalClinical Neurophysiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2018


  • EEG
  • Epilepsy
  • Epileptiform
  • Guideline
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sensory Systems
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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