Seizures, also called convulsions, are systemic events caused by the disruption of the brain’s normal electric activity resulting in altered consciousness or other neurological and behavioral manifestations. A patient might have a single seizure or multiple seizures. If they are provoked by something external such as trauma or high fever, you should still code them as seizures and not as epilepsy.
Epilepsy, which can also be called a seizure disorder, is a syndrome of two or more unprovoked or recurrent seizures occurring on more than one occasion.
Provider documentation is the key to correctly coding seizures and epilepsy.
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