New research conducted by neurologists from Henry Ford Hospital is suggesting that a specific type of brain surgery may help reduce or completely eliminate epileptic seizures. The results of this study were reported at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting in San Diego.
For the most part, epilepsy drugs like Topamax are used to reduce seizures in epileptics; however, they have proven to be less effective than hoped for since 30 out of 100 people who have epilepsy continue to experience seizures while taking the drugs. This respective surgery may help to take the guesswork out of medications like Topamax by getting rid of the seizures altogether. Resective surgery works by removing the part of the brain that causes seizures. This is how doctors believe it may get rid of them permanently.
“Our study shows that a significant number of patients achieve favorable seizure outcomes (73 percent) or seizure freedom (28 percent) after resective epilepsy surgery,” says Vibhangini S. Wasade, M.D., lead author of the study and an epilepsy specialist at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Henry Ford Hospital. “It demonstrates that the seizure outcomes remain stable over more than 15 years post surgery, irrespective of the pathology or the side of resection.”
Epilepsy is often treated with dangerous anti-seizure drugs like Topamax, which is linked to babies being born with birth defects, including PPHN, oral clefts, spina bifida and neural tube defects when the mothers take the pills while pregnant. Topamax use is often dangerous because doctors have to guess which dosage to use on patients in order to find the right one.
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