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Deep brain stimulation reduces seizures

18 Mar 2010
An important development in the treatment of epilepsy has today given hope to many with difficult-to-treat epilepsy.

Research by Stanford University has showed that deep brain stimulation reduced seizures in 41 per cent of patients after 13 months and 56 per cent of patients after 25 months. The treatment worked in people whose epilepsy had previously not responded to anti-epileptic drugs, vagal nerve stimulation or epilepsy surgery.

More on this story can be found on the BBC News website.

Simon Wigglesworth, deputy chief executive at Epilepsy Action, said: "We have been hopeful for some time that deep brain stimulation may be a treatment option for some people with epilepsy. This study is exciting news and could be an important development in the treatment of epilepsy in the 30 percent of people whose seizures don‘t respond to traditional drug therapies.”

The treatment was approved for use in the USA by the Food and Drug Agency earlier this month.

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