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Surgery Effective for Tough-to-Treat Epilepsy
Date:2/7/2012

erm seizure control and improved quality of life."

For her part, Harden said the new findings are valuable, but "not surprising."

"The goal of seizure treatment is stopping the seizures, and epilepsy doctors know that the surgical treatment for epilepsy is often the most effective option," she said. While the study's retrospective nature "may introduce some bias ... the findings are consistent in that temporal lobectomy across all decades was associated with the best patient outcomes, and this is known to be the most effective epilepsy surgery -- that has not changed in the past three decades," she added.

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The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on epilepsy.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Cynthia Harden, M.D., chief, Division of Epilepsy and Electroencephalography, Cushing Neuroscience Institute, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Great Neck, N.Y.; Wiley-Blackwell, news release, Feb. 7, 2012


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