AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Brain Surgery Through One-inch Opening Successfully Treats Epileptic Seizures in Children

After eight years of study, neurosurgeons from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan are using are using an endoscope to perform surgical procedures to help control intractable epileptic seizures in pediatric patients – without subjecting them to the invasive skull surgery that has been previously required for treatment. The pioneering surgical technique will be featured on the cover of the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics. The minimally-invasive surgical breakthrough could become the standard of care for stopping seizures in patients considered candidates for corpus callostomy, the structure of nerve fibers that allows for communication between two sides of the brain, and hemispherotomoy. The treatment will reduce or eliminate the need for large skull incisions and accompanying risks, including pain, infection, need for blood transfusions and lengthy hospitals stays. To read more, click here

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