Anterior temporal lobectomy is effective surgery for certain types of seizures in patients with temporal lobe epilepsy, according to a study conducted by researchers at Emory University. The study is published in the December 26 issue of the journal, Neurology. "While temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the single most common type of epilepsy, only about half of patients fully control their seizures with medications," said Thomas R. Henry, M.D., principal investigator, director of the Emory Epilepsy Center and associate professor of neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine. "In patients with epilepsy, a network of brain cells, which is distributed over widespread brain systems, must participate in starting and stopping seizures. Our study finds that in patients with TLE, the network of brain cells that generate complex partial seizures, or psychomotor seizures, are at least partly separate from the networks that produce generalized tonic-clonic seizures, commonly known as grand mal seizures. We found that temporal lobectomy is highly effective in stopping complex partial seizures among patients who have seizures that cannot be controlled by medication, but is clearly less effective in stopping generalized tonic-clonic seizures in the same patients."
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