Surgery is a Viable Option for Epilepsy Resistant to Medications

by Kathy Jones on  October 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM Research News
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A new study conducted by researchers from the University College in London suggests that those people with epilepsy who are not responding well to medication could opt for surgery since it can stop the epileptic seizures.
 Surgery is a Viable Option for Epilepsy Resistant to Medications
Surgery is a Viable Option for Epilepsy Resistant to Medications

The researchers analyzed more than 615 epilepsy sufferers who had opted for surgery and found that more than 82 percent of the patients did not suffer from any seizures an year after the surgery. However the number fell to 52 percent after five years and 47 percent after 10 years.

"This study validates the long-term effectiveness of epilepsy surgery, showing that over 50 percent of all patients are rendered continuously long-term seizure free. In view of the long-term results of surgery shown, clinical practice needs to change, with the early referral of appropriate patients", the researchers wrote in the report, which has been published in the journal The Lancet.

Source: Medindia

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