The doctors are coming closer to a diagnosis for Kelly Osbourne who suffered a seizure on the set of her show “Fashion Police.” According to fitperez published yesterday, Kelly remains in the hospital. “Sadly, medical experts believe that the reality starlet may be suffering from the neurological disorder epilepsy, which is defined by brain alterations that result in the individual being prone to numerous recurrent seizures. Doctors will be running tests while she remains in the hospital for a few more days, but thankfully, there's still a possibility that this was an isolated episode.”
According to Epilepsy.com, “The seizures in epilepsy may be related to a brain injury or a family tendency, but most of the time the cause is unknown. The word "epilepsy" does not indicate anything about the cause of the person's seizures, what type they are, or how severe they are.
The typical tests for epilepsy include an EEG or electroencephalogram. This test records the electrical signals of the brain. “This electrical activity is detected by electrodes or sensors, placed on the patient's scalp and transmitted to a machine that records the activity.”
“The doctors may take a series of blood tests to determine epilepsy. “The doctors may order a complete blood count (CBC). A CBC helps the doctor establish a baseline and can identify infections, allergies, and other abnormalities that may affect the choice of appropriate anticonvulsant medications(s) and help to monitor the possible drug-induced side effects in the future.”
“Another important blood test is known as a chemistry panel. This test includes an evaluation of sodium, potassium, and blood sugar levels. Kidney and liver function tests are also often included, in what is known as a complete metabolic panel. This test will help the doctors identify conditions such as electrolyte (such as sodium) imbalances, kidney or liver damage, and diabetes, which may either be causing the seizures or may affect the choice of the appropriate anticonvulsant medications prescribed [including the proper dose requirements].”
“A positron emission tomography (PET) scan may be used to locate the part of the brain that is causing seizures. Or they may require a spinal tap -- also called a lumbar puncture -- a procedure in which the fluid surrounding the spinal cord (called the cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) is withdrawn through a needle and examined in a lab.”
Kelly may be in the hospital for a while to have these tests completed. The good news is she is doing fine.