ERIC Number: EJ908925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
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SURGERY: Can This Be a Cure for Epilepsy?
McGoldrick, Patricia E.
Exceptional Parent, v40 n12 p35-36 Dec 2010
Previous articles have discussed patients with intractable epilepsy who have benefited from epilepsy surgery to remove or disconnect the area of the brain that propagates their seizures. Another group of people who may benefit from epilepsy surgery is those who have generalized seizures--seizures where there is no clear onset in the brain. These children are the ones who can benefit from corpus callosotomies or vagal nerve stimulators. In patients who suffer from disabling drop attacks (atonic seizures) where the onset of the seizure activity cannot be localized to one area or one hemisphere, another surgical procedure may be used to prevent the spread of the seizure activity. The corpus callosum is divided in a one-stage operation. While seizure freedom is not as common with this form of surgery, as with focal epilepsy surgery, there are several advantages.
Descriptors: Epilepsy, Surgery, Seizures, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Children, Brain, Outcomes of Treatment, Neurological Impairments
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