Thesis / Dissertation

The role of 18FDG-PET in predicting seizure outcomes and memory deficits following an anterior temporal lobe resection for drug resistant epilepsy

Varduhi Cahill, Terence O'Brien (ed.)

Published : 2020


Successful epilepsy surgery transforms the lives of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Yet, the seizure recurrence seen in a significant proportion of patients calls for improved selection of surgical candidates. The findings of this study, focusing on the role of 18FDG-PET as a metabolic predictor of memory deficits and seizure outcomes in patients with drug-resistant mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) following an anterior temporal lobe resection, demonstrated the laterality-specific differentiality of metabolic patterns, with significantly higher rates of bitemporal hypometabolism observed in right MTLE patients heralding a 5-fold increased risk of postoperative seizure recurrence, ..

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