Journal article

How good are we at diagnosing seizures based on semiology?

Udaya Seneviratne, Deepa Rajendran, Maria Brusco, Thanh G Phan

EPILEPSIA | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2012

Abstract

The accuracy of visual diagnosis of seizures based on semiologic features among different health care professionals is largely unknown. We evaluated the ability of health care professionals to correctly diagnose epileptic seizures (ES) and psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) from a random selection of 10 ES and 10 PNES videos. The 20 videos (without accompanying electroencephalography) were shown only once, in a random mix to different groups of health care professionals. These individuals, blinded to the diagnosis, were asked to classify the seizure as ES or PNES. We used summary receiver operating characteristic (SROC) curves to determine the accuracy for each group. Next we calculate..

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