An overview of surgery for chronic seizures

Richard S. Zimmerman, Joseph I. Sirven

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Intracranial surgical intervention offers the potential to reduce or eliminate seizures in a substantial number of patients with medically intractable epilepsy. Although some patients with epilepsy have a pathologic condition that can be imaged radiographically, this is not a requirement for the patient to be considered a surgical candidate. Evaluation in a comprehensive epilepsy center includes defining the characteristics of the seizures; integrating medical criteria, psychosocial factors, imaging findings, and surgical risks; and weighing these factors against the risks of continued, uncontrolled epilepsy. Several neurosurgical procedures are available to help these patients, including frontal and temporal lobectomy, lesionectomy, subpial transection, and callosotomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-117
Number of pages9
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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