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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
when I have what seems to be a seizure, should I go to an emergency room? would they be able to identify if my symptoms are from a seizure?
Most patients with seizures do not need to go to the emergency room after every seizure. I would discuss with your treating neurologist when you should go to the emergency room. I tell my patients to go to the ER if there is an injury from a seizure, if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or if there are more than one seizure and the patient does not wake up between seizures. An ER visit often leads to unnecessary tests (CT scans, blood work).
David M Ficker, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati