Sunday, August 02, 2009

tongue biting and seizures pearls

Lateral tongue biting is poorly sensitive but highly specific (99%) for a generalized seizure.
Lateral tongue biting usually indicates true epileptic seizures as opposed to bites to the tip of the tongue which are typically nonepileptiform events.
Lateral tongue biting has a predictive value of 71% for ipsilateral seizure focus.

from AAN website

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