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Idiopathic Epilepsy

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Updated August 01, 2008

Definition: Idiopathic epilepsy is a form of epilepsy where the cause of the seizures is unknown. If after taking an extensive medical history and performing tests such as EEG, CT scan or MRI, and an underlying cause is not found, doctors will give the diagnosis of idiopathic epilepsy. However, being told you have idiopathic epilepsy does not mean your medical team will never find the cause of your seizures. In some cases, a cause may eventually be found.

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