For Many, Epilepsy Surgery Effective Long-Term

Almost half of the people who undergo surgery for epilepsy remain free of seizures 10 years later, a new study finds. Current practice is to treat patients with medication, and only when drugs can’t control seizures — often many years later — does a patient become a candidate for surgery. This study suggests that some patients with focal epilepsy — the most common form of the seizure disorder — should be eligible for surgery sooner, the British researchers said.

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