Epilepsy is sometimes misdiagnosed as Syncope

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Syncope , when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which brain activity becomes bizarre causing seizures, temporary unusual behaviour, sensations and loss of awareness. These may or may not result in loss of consciousness and may cause many different types of seizures depending on the area of the brain affected. The rate of misdiagnosis of epilepsy is incredibly high at 26%. It is commonly misdiagnosed with daydreaming, night terrors, migraines, benign paroxysmal vertigo and anxiety.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Stiff muscles, uncontrollable jerking movements of limbs, loss of consciousness or awareness, fear, anxiety, temporary confusion, staring spell

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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