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Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2007 Dec;3(12):673-81.

Surgery Insight: surgical management of epilepsy.

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  • 1New York University Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, New York, NY 10016, USA.


Epilepsy surgery has been shown to be an effective treatment for patients with intractable epilepsy. The only randomized controlled trial conducted in this setting to date found a dramatic advantage for surgery over medical treatment in temporal lobe epilepsy. In carefully selected patients, epilepsy surgery can control seizures, improve quality of life and reduce costs of medical care. Advances in diagnostic techniques are likely to improve patient selection, facilitate localization of epileptic foci and functional areas, and enable better prediction of outcomes.

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