Surgery reduces epileptic seizures

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:383

Surgery can give long term relief from seizures for a proportion of epileptic patients, a cohort study has found. Doctors found that five years after anterior temporal lobectomy was performed on 89 patients with refractory epilepsy, 80 of them (90%) were free of seizures or had less than a fifth of the seizures that they had before the operation.

Doctors from the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at the University of Pennsylvania conclude in this week's JAMA (1996;276:470-5) that all patients with intractable epilepsy should be assessed for surgery as soon as the nature of their condition is …

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