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Routine outpatient EEGs are performed in Specialist Clinics A3, during
weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm. EEGs are performed by paediatric neurophysiology
scientists, with activation procedures (hyperventilation and photic
stimulation) and attempts to record EEG during the state in which seizures
occurred (e.g. sleep, arousal, startle). Sleep deprivation is used to
facilitate sleep recording, if this is required and requested; sedation is not
employed in outpatient EEGs. It should be noted that an EEG recording is a time-consuming,
costly and often technically-challenging investigation that does not always
provide clear answers to the clinical question.
Our normal practice is to limit EEG to patients with appropriate clinical indications, given the complexities of EEG recording and the potential for findings to lead to erroneous diagnoses and management. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are further limiting outpatient EEGs to patients for whom the result will significantly impact on management.
Routine outpatient EEG recording is indicated in a child who has had an
unprovoked epileptic seizure or is having recurrent episodes suspicious for
The clinical utility of routine outpatient EEG in children with seizure
There are additional roles and indications for specialised EEG
recordings in acute inpatient and chronic epilepsy settings. These are
undertaken after formal neurological consultation.
For advice about whether to request a routine EEG, please discuss the clinical issue with the neurologist or the neurology fellow on-call if urgent (via switchboard operator 9345 5522) or email email@example.com if not urgent.
For booking inquiries and questions, please call Specialist Clinics A3 on 9345 3901
For outstanding results, please call the Neurology Department on 9345 5661
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