Guitar players can strum almost anywhere, from a beach to a park bench to an operating room — while undergoing brain surgery. That’s where Abhishek Prasad peddled his musical wares during a four-hour surgery in India that aimed to correct cramping in his fingers, his surgeon said.
A technique called MRI-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MgLiTT) may be a potential treatment for epilepsy patients, according to a recent review. Researchers say that MgLiTT may be a particularly viable option for patients whose seizures are caused by tumor-like bodies affecting the hypothalamus, which are difficult to treat with traditional surgery.
Researchers studied the medical records of patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsy who underwent surgery for the disorder at the age of 50 or older and found that the treatment was as effective as it was for patients younger than 50. However, there was a higher risk of complications from the procedure.
For patients that find their seizures difficult to manage on medications, other treatment options such as diet, devices or surgery may be beneficial. Dr. Amy Crepeau, neurologist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, discusses the evaluation of patients with epilepsy using brain mapping technology.
New research from the University of Liverpool, published in the journal Brain, has highlighted the potential reasons why many patients with severe epilepsy still continue to experience seizures even after surgery.
Nicole Born-Crow started to suspect something was wrong with her newborn son Finnegan when he was just 3 months old. While he had grown normally up to that point, Nicole and her husband eventually began to notice that their son had started to prefer doing activities with one side of his body. Concerned for their son’s health, the new parents consulted with Finnegan’s pediatrician, who referred them to a neurologist. Doctors conducted a number of tests to figure out what was happening, but they couldn’t pinpoint the root of the problem. Then when the family was on vacation in New York City, things took a turn for the worst – Finnegan suffered a severe seizure. “It was terrifying. We had no idea what it was,” Nicole Born-Crow, from Cleveland, Ohio, told FoxNews.com. “I had an idea of what ...
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an epilepsy monitoring unit at Spectrum Health’s Butterworth Hospital, a patient sits with a bundle of 51 wires emerging from his skull, connected to electrodes implanted in his brain. The 37-year-old man was the first to undergo a surgical procedure at Spectrum Health to implant the electrodes, which are helping doctors pinpoint the source of his seizures. On Monday, after two weeks of monitoring, neurosurgeons plan to perform surgery to remove the part of the brain causing the seizures. Research has shown that many patients whose epilepsy is not controlled by medication can be successfully treated with surgery, said Dr. Kost Elisevich, the neurosurgeon who performed the operation. The goal is to minimize or eliminate the seizures. “What we hope for is a cure for the...