Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tonic Clonic Seizure Evaluation

The evaluation of a tonic clonic seizure begins with a history and physical examination.

Between seizures, the physical exam in someone with tonic clonic seizures is usually normal.

Physical findings in someone with a tonic clonic seizure may include:


Tests may be necessary to make the diagnosis of a tonic clonic seizure.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a tonic clonic seizure include:

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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