Procedure gives new hopes to older Epilepsy patients
David Moore October 8, 2013 | WGVU
It’s a relatively straight
forward but extremely delicate operation that involves removing a small piece
of the brain responsible for causing epileptic seizures.
And it’s a viable
alternative to long term dependence on anti seizure drugs that may have a host
of side effects.
Dr. Kost Elisevich is
co-chair of the clinical neuroscience department at Spectrum Health.He says studies like this encourage people to
look beyond a simple pat diagnosis.
“Even at an older age, realizing that they
are likely to have two to three, even four decades ahead of them.And it still is a very restrictive
condition.You can imagine somebody
having second thoughts about going to a movie or going out to a restaurant not
knowing when the next seizure may come about,” Elisevich said.”
A 15-year study found 91
percent of epilepsy patients over 60 who had the surgery were seizure
free.2.2 million Americans have the
The study was recently
published in the British Journal of Neurosurgery.
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