AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


Study: Continuous Electrical Brain Stimulation Helps Patients With Epilepsy

When surgery and medication don’t help people with epilepsy, electrical stimulation of the brain has been a treatment of last resort. Unfortunately, typical approaches, such as vagal nerve stimulation or responsive nerve stimulation, rarely stop seizures altogether. But a new Mayo Clinic study in JAMA Neurology shows that seizures were suppressed in patients treated with continuous electrical stimulation of the brain’s cortex. Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain becomes disrupted. In the study, 13 patients with drug-resistant epilepsy were deemed unsuitable for resective surgery, which improves a portion of the brain – usually about the size of a golf ball – that was causing seizures. To read more, click here.

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