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Surgery Benefits Children With Epilepsy

It can reduce seizures and boost IQ, study finds

MONDAY, April 25, 2005 (HealthDay News) -- Surgery reduces seizures and increases IQ in children with epilepsy, according to a German study in a recent issue of Epilepsia.

The study tracked 50 preschool children for several years after they had surgery to treat epilepsy. A year after surgery, 82 percent of the children showed stable improvements in development and three of them showed gains of more than 15 points in IQ. Only seizure-free children showed gains in IQ.

"This study on the long-term cognitive outcome of preschool children who had epilepsy surgery shows that children with a shorter duration of epilepsy, more localized etiologies, and a seizure-free outcome have the best chance for improving their cognitive function two to three years after a successful operation. The question [now] is to provide data to determine ideal timing of surgical treatment," study corresponding author Dr. Ingrid Tuxhorn said in a prepared statement.

"The questions answered in our study have a significant everyday value for counseling parents whether their child should undergo epilepsy surgery," Tuxhorn said.

More information

The Epilepsy Foundation has more about epilepsy in children.

SOURCE: Blackwell Publishing, April 19, 2005, news release
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