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Transcallosal resection of hypothalamic hamartomas in patients with intractable epilepsy

AS Harvey, JL Freeman, SF Berkovic, JV Rosenfeld

Epileptic Disorders | JOHN LIBBEY EUROTEXT LTD | Published : 2003

Abstract

A variety of surgical treatments for intractable epilepsy with hypothalamic hamartoma (HH) are described, although most are derived from limited patient experience gathered from several centres. We describe the results of transcallosal resection of HH in 29 consecutive patients undergoing surgery at one centre. Twenty-nine patients aged 4-23 years (mean 10 years) underwent HH surgery with a minimum of 12 months follow-up. A comprehensive, presurgical epilepsy evaluation, supplemented with endocrine and ophthalmological assessments was performed in all cases. HH were resected via a transcallosal, interforniceal approach to the third ventricle, with the assistance of frameless stereotaxy, limi..

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