New Way to Treat Children with Epilepsy

Texas Children's Hospital has found a new way to treat children with epilepsy.

The hospital says its the first hospital in the world to use laser brain surgery on epileptics.

The doctors are able to use an MRI to determine where to guide the laser.

The procedure offers smaller surgical incisions and shorter hospital stays than traditional surgery.

"Just a two millimeter opening and through that to pass a small laser probe that can reach deep parts of the brain without hurting the overlying brain and to destroy the lesion that's causing the epilepsy without causing injury to the surrounding brain," said Dr. Angus Wilfong. "The first patient we did was in August of last year, so over the last year we've done five patients, and so far, they are all free of their seizures."

Drug therapy can only control about 60 percent of seizures.

Doctors have performed it only on children so far, but plan to use it on adult patients soon.


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