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Basic Targets and the Different Epilepsies

  • G. Bouchard
Conference paper
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 23)

Abstract

About two thirds of all epileptics are successfully treated by anticonvulsant medication 12, 18. Traditional neurosurgical methods since 1920 provide a resectable focus. However, the selection of suitable focal cases leaves most of the therapeutically poor patients without a chance of improvement. Walker 19 noted in 1974: “The percentage of patients who are offered surgery may be no more than 5%. The concept of the epileptic focus has changed as experience has accumulated.” Talairach and Bancaud 14 noted in 1973 an 2/5 increase of resections with increasing reliability of their intricate stereotactic investigation method. In the foreseeable future we believe no more than 10% of epileptics would be suitable for the excision or resection methods.

Keywords

Personality Disorder Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Focal Epilepsy Epileptic Focus Basic Target 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Bouchard
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurosurgical Clinic of the Freie Universität BerlinKlinikum SteglitzGermany
  2. 2.Neurochirurgische KlinikKlinikum SteglitzBerlin 45Germany

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