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A Review of Indications for Routine EEG in Clinical Psychiatry
Nashaat N. Boutros
Psychiatric Services 1992; doi:
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Ohio State University College of Medicine.; department of psychiatry at 473 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210

1992 by the American Psychiatric Association

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With increasing recognition of the role of organic factors in the etiology of psychiatric disorders, greater use of neurodiagnostic tests is expected. Clinical electroencephalography (EEG) is a noninvasive, low-cost neurodiagnostic technique widely available in psychiatric hospitals. Based on a review of the literature, the author outlines clinical applications of routine ( non-computerized) EEG related to evaluation of organic etiologies and symptoms of dementia, delirium, and lithium toxicity; evaluation before electroconvulsive therapy; and routine screening of patients. Screening EEGs are not recommended in settings in which complete neurological examinations are routinely performed.

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