Should we reconsider epilepsy surgery? The motivation of patients once rejected

Zijlmans, M., Buskens, E., Hersevoort, M., Huiskamp, G., van Huffelen, A. C. & Leijten, F. S. S., Jun-2008, In : Seizure-European Journal of Epilepsy. 17, 4, p. 374-377 4 p.

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  • Maeike Zijlmans
  • Erik Buskens
  • Maaike Hersevoort
  • Geertjan Huiskamp
  • Alexander C. van Huffelen
  • Frans S. S. Leijten

The pre-surgical work-up of patients with medically refractory epilepsy changes with the availability of new diagnostic procedures. New diagnostic investigations may also open up prospects for patients rejected in the past. A cohort of 71 Dutch patients rejected for epilepsy surgery 0.5-5 years earlier were approached to evaluate their willingness to undergo novel techniques. 64 (90%) responded to a questionnaire evaluating social and medical status, quality of life (QoL) and motivation to be reconsidered for epilepsy surgery. Four patients (6%) did not have seizures during the last 6 months. 56 patients (88%) were highly motivated to undergo new diagnostic procedures. Inability to localize the seizure focus had been the reason for rejection in 70% of these. We conclude that most patients once rejected for epilepsy surgery would like to benefit from novel techniques. (c) 2007 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-377
Number of pages4
JournalSeizure-European Journal of Epilepsy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2008
Externally publishedYes


  • epilepsy, surgery, source localization, MRI, quality of life, DRUG-RESISTANT EPILEPSY, DIFFUSION

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