General Medical Examination

Because seizures may be caused by medical disorders, a general medical examination is an important part of the first consultation. The examination and certain laboratory studies can tell the doctor whether the liver, kidneys, and other organ systems are functioning properly.

Both the neurologist and the primary doctor should know if a person has both seizures and a medical disorder such as thyroid or kidney disease. The primary doctor may have insights into the cause of the seizures. Also, if an antiepileptic drug is recommended, the doctors need to discuss the possibility that it will interact with medication taken for the medical disorder.