A consecutive, retrospective analysis of seizure control and quality of life was performed among 83 pediatric patients undergoing epilepsy surgery at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Seizure outcomes were generally favorable, with 68.7% class I outcomes; class II, 12%; and class III, 19.3%. Seizure freedom was highest among temporal lobectomies (84.2%) and hemispherectomies (76.2%). Outcomes among hemispherectomies were substantially superior to those of multilobar resections. Cortical dysplasia was associated with lower seizure freedom, at 57.5%. Among age groups, seizure-free outcomes in infants were lowest, at 50%. The lower infant seizure-free rate was likely attributable to frequency of multilobar resections and type of pathology (cortical dysplasia). Quality-of-life measures generally paralleled seizure outcomes. These results indicate that epilepsy surgery in children with intractable epilepsy can result in significant improvements in seizure control, quality of life, and development. Anticipated type of surgery, presumed location of epileptogenic site, absence of a defined lesion on magnetic resonance imaging scan of the brain, and patient's age should not prevent surgical evaluations of children with intractable epilepsy.

doi.org/10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2009.07.018, hdl.handle.net/1765/28083
Pediatric Neurology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Zupanc, M.L, Dos Santos Rubio, E.J, Werner, R.R, Schwabe, M.J, Mueller, W.M, Lew, S.M, … Hecox, K.E. (2010). Epilepsy Surgery Outcomes: Quality of Life and Seizure Control. Pediatric Neurology, 42(1), 12–20. doi:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2009.07.018