Comment to the paper: Palliative functional hemispherectomy for treatment of refractory status epilepticus associated with Alpers' disease

Michael Duchowny

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Abstract

Introduction: Performing epilepsy surgery in a child with a neurodegenerative illness is a relatively unexplored challenge. In this issue of CNS, Lupashko and coauthors report the use of epilepsy surgery to eliminate seizures without influencing the underlying progressive disorder. Method: Functional hemispherectomy was performed in a 4-year-old girl with seizures caused by Alpers' disease. Results: Seizure freedom and an improved quality of life were achieved briefly despite deteriorating neurologic status. Conclusion: Further studies will be needed to confirm the positive benefits of palliative epilepsy surgery in children with progressive neurologic illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1327-1328
Number of pages2
JournalChild's Nervous System
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

Keywords

  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Hemispherectomy
  • Palliation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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