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Interictal EEG: Sensitivity and Specificity

Introduction: None written. Excerpt from the entry in Epilepsy:
EEG findings are spikes or sharp waves, most often at the epileptogenic focus.

Sensitivity may be as high as 50% (depending on the study). Serial EEGs increase sensitivity up to 92% by 4 studies in one referenced case series.

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29% sensitive, 99.5% specific


50% sensitive, 96% specific