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Epilepsy and Extratemporal Cortical Resection

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What Happens After an Extratemporal Cortical Resection?

After surgery, the patient generally stays in the hospital for two to four days. Most people having extratemporal cortical resection will be able to return to their normal activities, including work or school, in four to six weeks after surgery. The hair over the incision will grow back and hide the surgical scar. Most patients will need to continue taking antiseizure drugs for at least two or more years after surgery. Once seizure control is established, medications may be reduced or eliminated.

How Effective Is Extratemporal Cortical Resection?

Extratemporal cortical resection is successful in eliminating or dramatically reducing seizures in 45% to 65% of cases. Surgery generally is more effective if only one area of the brain is involved.

What Are the Side Effects of Extratemporal Cortical Resection?

The following symptoms may occur after an extratemporal cortical resection, although they generally go away on their own:

  • Scalp numbness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty speaking, remembering things, or finding words
  • Weakness
  • Feeling tired or depressed

What Are the Risks of Extratemporal Cortical Resection?

The risks associated with extratemporal cortical resection mainly depend on which area of the brain is involved. They may include:

  • Risks associated with surgery, including infection, bleeding, and an allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Swelling of the brain
  • Failure to relieve seizures
  • Changes in personality or behavior
  • Partial loss of vision, memory, or speech
  • Stroke, paralysis, weakness, limb numbness

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on July 14, 2014
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