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What types of surgery treat Lennox-Gastatut syndrome?

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If medications and other treatments aren't reducing the number of seizures, your doctor may suggest surgery.

The vagus nerve stimulator is a small device placed in the arm or near the chest. It sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve, which then sends them to the brain to help control seizures.

The RNS stimulator is a device that's placed inside the skull and is connected to the brain. It senses any abnormal electrical activity and sends out electrical impulses to try to keep seizures from happening.

Corpus callosotomy divides the left and right hemispheres of the brain. That keeps seizures that start in one part of the brain from spreading to the opposite side.

From: Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 12/15/2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Information."

LGS Foundation: "About Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Diets for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," “Medical Marijuana," "VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator).”

NYU Langone Center: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Corpus Callosotomy."

Epilepsy Action: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

The Hospital for Sick Children: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

FDA.

Henderson, C. , March 2006. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome Information."

LGS Foundation: "About Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Diets for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," “Medical Marijuana," "VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulator).”

NYU Langone Center: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome," "Corpus Callosotomy."

Epilepsy Action: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

The Hospital for Sick Children: "Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome."

FDA.

Henderson, C. , March 2006. Journal of Child Neurology

Reviewed by Neil Lava on December 15, 2018

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