SEATTLE– Surgery may cure, or at least greatly help, children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome who have an abnormality on their brain MRI, according to researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center.
LGS is a severe form of epilepsy that medications often do not help. Children have multiple seizures per day, with concomitant developmental problems. Until now, surgery has been considered only a palliative option. That may be about to change.
Investigator Dr. Ahsan Valappil, a pediatric epileptologist at the Cleveland Clinic, explained why in an interview at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.