Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Differential diagnosis

Its important to know the differential diagnosis of various diseases. The Fuddled Medic has just had a lecture about epilepsy. Or rather a talk on "what else could it be?"

The FM was solemnly taught that epilepsy itself is boring, everyone will probably end up on Valproate if its not contraindicated.

So what else could it be?

1. Bening myoclonic jerks
2. Benign paroxysmal vertigo
3. Obstructive sleep apnoea
4. Night Terrors
5. Adolescent stretch syncope
6. Other types of syncope
7. Sandifer's Syndrome
8. Daydreaming
9.Infantile Gratification
10. Reflec anoxic seizures
11. Head Banging

Anymore out there? Please let me know


  1. 9: Ewwww!

    Two other possibilities would be Münchausen syndrome and Münchausen syndrome by proxy. However this term has recently been set aside with preference now given to the term, Factitious disorder.

  2. Stroke or TIA
    Arousal Disorder
    Psychogenic - hyperventilation, anxiety, panic attacks
    Tonic spasms of MS
    Abuse of psychotropic drugs

    Anna :o]

  3. Non epileptic attack disorder - usally related to sver anxiety and neurosis. I have a punter who has both "genuine" complex seizure attacks occasionally but usually they are NEAD.