Journal article

Non-invasive investigations successfully select patients for temporal lobe surgery

C Kilpatrick, M Cook, A Kaye, M Murphy, Z Matkovic

JOURNAL OF NEUROLOGY NEUROSURGERY AND PSYCHIATRY | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 1997

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: There is controversy regarding the need for invasive monitoring in the preoperative assessment of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy. The use of a series of non-invasive investigations in identifying the seizure focus is reported in 75 consecutive adults referred for epilepsy surgery. METHODS: All had video-EEG monitoring using scalp electrodes, high resolution MRI, and neuropsychology assessment. Other investigations included volumetric MRI, PET, and ictal and interictal SPECT. The seizure focus was localised and surgery offered if MRI disclosed unilateral hippocampal atrophy or a foreign tissue lesion and other investigations were either concordant or not discordant. RESULTS:..

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