First test of anti-epilepsy surgeries in children shows dram
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About 50 million people worldwide suffer with epilepsy and drugs can’t control the seizures in approximately 30% of the cases. Brain surgery for children whose epilepsy is resistant to drug therapy can produce a 10-fold increase in the odds of being seizure-free after one year and can do it without affecting IQ, according to a new Indian study of 116 patients in The New England Journal of Medicine(NEJM).

77% percent of the children were free of seizures at one year after the surgery, compared with 7% in a control group of youngsters who received medical therapy alone while waiting for surgery. Behaviour and quality of life also improved. In contrast, 16.5% of the children waiting for surgery had a serious injury as a result of their continuing seizures.

Post-surgery weakness was seen in 15 of the 19 patients who had a serious side effect following surgery. The researchers said that was to be expected and, without surgery, patients probably would have experienced similar problems as a result of their continuing seizures. Other side effects depended on the area of the brain that was removed or disconnected from the rest of the brain.

http://in.reuters.com/article/us-health-epilepsy-kids-surgery/first-test-of-anti-epilepsy-surgeries-in-children-shows-dramatic-benefit-idINKBN1CU33K
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