Epilepsy and the Corpus Callosotomy
How Effective Is a Corpus Callosotomy?
Corpus callosotomy is successful in stopping drop attacks, or atonic seizures in which a person suddenly loses muscle tone and falls to the ground, in about 50% to 75% of cases. This can decrease the risk of injury and improve the person's quality of life.
What Are the Side Effects of Corpus Collosotomy?
The following symptoms may occur after having a corpus collosotomy, although they generally go away on their own:
- Scalp numbness
- Feeling tired or depressed
- Difficulty speaking, remembering things, or finding words
- Paralysis, weakness, loss of sensation
- Change in personality
What Are the Risks of a Corpus Callosotomy?
Serious problems are uncommon with a corpus callosotomy, but there are risks, including:
- Risks associated with surgery, including infection, bleeding, and an allergic reaction to anesthesia
- Swelling in the brain
- Lack of awareness of one side of the body
- Loss of coordination
- Problems with speech, such as stuttering
- Increase in partial seizures (occurring on one side of the brain)