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Texas Children's Hospital Pioneers Use of MRI-guided Laser Surgery for Revolutionary New Epilepsy Treatment
Date:7/18/2011

en successfully used in treating brain tumors and that he and Curry saw that its same attributes would apply to deep seated epilepsy-causing lesions. The neurologist and neurosurgeon introduced a first-of-its-kind trial of the treatment to pediatric epilepsy patients at the Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology at Texas Children's Hospital.

Changing the life of a young patient

A recent example of the effectiveness of this new surgery is nine-year-old Texas Children's Hospital patient Keagan Dysart, of Converse, Texas, who suffered from two types of epileptic seizures when he was diagnosed with a hypothalamic hamartoma in his brain. The gelastic seizure caused him to giggle and laugh uncontrollably two or three times an hour.  Keagan would also periodically experience a tonic seizure, with generalized body stiffening and loss of awareness that caused him to fall asleep for sometimes up to an hour afterward.  Keagan's case was particularly high risk because his lesion was located in the hypothalamus, near the brain stem. In this highly sensitive region, there are a myriad of potentially serious complications from surgery including loss of sight, damage to the pituitary gland, stroke from artery damage or development of diabetes insipidus (DI), a potentially fatal condition where the kidneys are unable to conserve water because of disruption to the area of the brain that releases the body's anti-diuretic hormone.  

The location, size and complexity of Keagan's brain lesion made him an ideal candidate for the new surgical procedure, which was successfully performed in March without any surgical complications.  He is now seizure-free.  

"Knowing the complexity of Keagan's case, the decision to go forward with this surgery was the toughest decision and the best decision we ever made," said Khris Dysart, Keagan's father.

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