Journal article

Generalized epilepsy in hypothalamic hamartoma - Evolution and postoperative resolution

JL Freeman, AS Harvey, JV Rosenfeld, JA Wrennall, CA Bailey, SF Berkovic

Neurology | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2003


OBJECTIVE: To better understand the epileptogenesis of symptomatic generalized epilepsy in patients with hypothalamic hamartoma and intractable epilepsy, many of whom experience remission of generalized seizures and slow spike-wave discharges following surgery. METHODS: The authors documented the evolution of symptomatic generalized epilepsy in 12 of 20 children who underwent transcallosal microsurgical hypothalamic hamartoma resection. In seven patients they recorded intraoperative EEG from the hamartoma and simultaneously from the scalp and frontal cortex before, during, and after resection. RESULTS: Gelastic seizures began on average at 6 months of age (range birth to 3 years); tonic seiz..

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