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Blood test indicates epileptic seizure.

Blood test indicates epileptic seizure. A blood test that measures levels of a hormone called prolactin can determine if a person has suffered an epileptic seizure. A new guideline on the test was published in the Sept. 13, 2005, issue of Neurology. The test identifies types of epileptic seizures called generalized tonicclonic seizures and complex partial seizures where the level of prolactin increases in the blood. The guideline states that the prolactin blood test is useful as an adjunct test, especially when video electroencephalography or EEG monitoring is not available.
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Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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