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Lancet Neurol. 2006 Jul;5(7):613-20.

Radiosurgery for epilepsy.

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Department of Neurosurgery, NEUROMED IRCCS, Pozzilli, Italy. leoromanelli@neuromed.it

Abstract

Radiosurgery is an emerging therapeutic approach for the treatment of medically intractable epileptogenic foci. A favourable seizure outcome was first reported in studies of the effects of radiosurgery in the treatment of arteriovenous malformations and tumours. Radiosurgery has since been applied to the treatment of complex partial seizures with mesial-temporal-lobe onset. Nearly simultaneously, experimental evidence supporting the usefulness of radiosurgery to improve or abolish seizures has confirmed that stereotactic irradiation can preferentially affect epileptogenic versus normal cortex. Further work is clearly needed, but this technique might become an important approach in the management of mesial-temporal and extratemporal epilepsy, especially if refractory seizures arise from eloquent cortex or surgically challenging regions of brain.

PMID:
16781991
DOI:
10.1016/S1474-4422(06)70496-3
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