UCSF Study Highlights Success of Brain Surgery for Severe Epilepsy

By Source: Jason Bardi — From ucsf.edu Published at July 26, 2011 Views 1,074 Likes 1

Two-thirds of people with severe and otherwise untreatable epilepsy were completely cured of their frequent seizures after undergoing neurosurgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, according to a new study that examined 143 of these patients two years after their operations.

The new study not only shows the promise of this type of neurosurgery at treating severe epilepsy, it also highlights how research into brain imaging may help to further improve results for people who have such operations.

“Surgery can be a powerful way to stop this disorder in its tracks,” said UCSF Neurosurgeon Edward Chang, who led study, which is published this week in the journal Annals of Neurology. “Many of these people were living 10, 15 or 20 years with very severe and dangerous seizures.”

The success of the surgery, added Chang, was directly related to the accuracy with which the medical team could map the brain, identify the exact pieces of tissue responsible for an individual’s seizures and ultimately remove them.

“We need to continue to focus on developing new methods to figure out and pinpoint where the seizures are coming from,” said Chang…

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