Brain removal appears to be beneficial to epileptic patients - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Brain removal appears to be beneficial to epileptic patients

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A surgery that literally removes half a patient's brain appears to be beneficial in the long-term.

The procedure is a last resort for children who suffer from severe epilepsy. Experts believe removing the diseased portion of the brain stops seizures and the brain learns to work without the area that was removed.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic reviewed the medical records of nearly 200 patients and found more than half were seizure free after this new procedure. The remaining patients saw a significant drop in seizure activity.

Additionally, more than 2/3 were able to speak and walk independently and 60% attended mainstream schools.

There is still some risk, but some parents are choosing this to help children whose epilepsy is debilitating.

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