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Knowledge and access barriers bar epilepsy patients from surgery

Knowledge and access barriers bar epilepsy patients from surgery

The unfamiliarity of some neurologists with recommended practice standards, coupled with access barriers, may be preventing eligible patients with epilepsy from undergoing surgical treatment, survey findings suggest. In an editorial accompanying the study in Neurology, Lara Jehi (Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA) and Gary Mathern (University of California, Los Angeles, USA) say: “The current reality is […]

‘Microlesions’ in Epilepsy Discovered by Novel Technique

‘Microlesions’ in Epilepsy Discovered by Novel Technique

Chicago, IL (Scicasts) — Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously un-described micro-lesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients. The millimeter-sized abnormalities may explain why areas of the brain that appear normal can produce severe seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy. The […]

Possible Surgical Cure for Some With LGS (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome)

Possible Surgical Cure for Some With LGS (Lennox-Gastaut syndrome)

SEATTLE, Washington — Certain patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) may be good candidates for curative epilepsy surgery, emerging research suggests. A new case series shows that two thirds of patients with LGS were seizure-free or markedly improved following resective surgery. “Most patients with LGS are not candidates for curative surgery, but there is a small […]

Curative Surgery Possible in Patients With LGS Epilepsy

Curative Surgery Possible in Patients With LGS Epilepsy

Certain patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) may be good candidates for curative epilepsy surgery, emerging research suggests. A new case series shows that two thirds of patients with LGS were seizure-free or markedly improved following resective surgery. “Most patients with LGS are not candidates for curative surgery, but there is a small subset, especially the […]

‘Microlesions’ in epilepsy discovered by novel technique

‘Microlesions’ in epilepsy discovered by novel technique

Using an innovative technique combining genetic analysis and mathematical modeling with some basic sleuthing, researchers have identified previously undescribed microlesions in brain tissue from epileptic patients. The millimeter-sized abnormalities may explain why areas of the brain that appear normal can produce severe seizures in many children and adults with epilepsy.

Understanding The Brain and Heart Connection, Related to Epilepsy Mortality

Understanding The Brain and Heart Connection, Related to Epilepsy Mortality

Understanding the connection between the brain and the heart and the possible malfunction of cells and mechanisms in the connection may lead to better understanding and prevention of SUDEP and other cardiac symptoms related to epilepsy. ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For children and adults with epilepsy, the possibility of dying suddenly and without warning looms […]

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