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Extratemporal Cortical Resection

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Extratemporal Cortical Resection

What is Extratemporal Cortical Resection?

During extratemporal cortical resection, a section of the brain cortex that is causing seizure-provoking electrical impulses is cut away. The section is located outside of the temporal lobe.

Also Known As:

  • Brain surgery
  • Brain cortex surgery

Conditions Treated with Extratemporal Cortical Resection:

Extratemporal cortical resection is utilized in cases of epilepsy.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Extratemporal Cortical Resection:

Non-surgical alternatives to extratemporal cortical resection include a ketogenic diet and anticonvulsant medication. Corpus callostomy, vagus nerve stimulation and awake extratemporal cortical resection are surgical alternative s to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Extratemporal Cortical Resection:

Extratemporal cortical resection is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Extratemporal Cortical Resection:

Possible risks following extratemporal cortical resection include infection, brain swelling, intracranial bleeding, stoke, partial seizures and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience difficulty speaking and a loss of memory or coordination.

Prognosis after Extratemporal Cortical Resection:

The prognosis for a positive end result following extratemporal cortical resection is good in about half of patients.

Recovery from Extratemporal Cortical Resection:

Total recovery from extratemporal cortical resection takes four to six weeks.

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