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Careful selection of surgery candidates produces "comparable results"

24 Apr 2003

New research has been undertaken in identifying the best candidates for epilepsy surgery.

In developing countries, where epilepsy surgery facilities, technology and expertise are limited, researchers have sought to identify factors that will predict excellent results among candidates for epilepsy surgery. Findings from research conducted in the Indian province of Kerala were presented to the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting.

Among treatment options for epilepsy patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy, temporal lobectomy surgery has yielded nearly a 60 per cent success rate in eliminating seizures, according to previously published research. Medication therapy alone was shown to decrease the frequency and/or intensity of seizures in less than 10 per cent of these patients.

Study author Dr Kurupath Radhakrishnan, from the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Trivandrum, concluded:

"By carefully selecting ideal candidates for anterior temporal lobectomy... we found that epilepsy surgery programmes in developing countries with limited facilities can produce results comparable to those from developed countries."