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OBJECTIVE To compare standard anterior temporal lobectomy (ATL) with selective amygdalohippocampectomy (SAH) for postoperative seizure control in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). METHODS We searched MEDLINE and Embase using Medical Subject Headings and keywords related to ATL and SAH. We included original research that directly compared seizure outcomes in(More)
The literature contains little information regarding the incidence of injury or death in the general population caused by seizures. We prospectively surveyed all patient visits to the four emergency departments serving adults in the Halifax-Dartmouth metropolitan area (adult population 260,935) from September 1, 1990 to August 31, 1991 to identify patients(More)
PURPOSE To describe the induction of hypersensitivity to one antiepileptic drug (AED) by a second AED. METHODS Case report and review of the relevant literature. RESULTS A patient is reported who was treated with phenytoin (PHT) for 6 months without adverse effect, but developed a hypersensitivity reaction with rash, fever, elevated liver enzymes,(More)
We examined the clinical significance of bisynchronous spike-wave complexes which appear in EEGs of some patients with focal spikes in one or both temporal lobes. Few features distinguished patients with bisynchronous spike-waves from those with only focal temporal spikes: a higher incidence of patients with more than two grand mal seizures a year (43 vs.(More)
OBJECTIVE This prospective, case control study evaluates quality of life (QOL), depressive affect, and memory outcomes of epilepsy patients implanted with a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS). METHODS Three groups of patients with epilepsy underwent assessment on two occasions: 1) patients with a VNS were tested before and 12 months after implantation (n = 16);(More)
PURPOSE A retrospective study of lamotrigine (LTG)-valproic acid (VPA) combination therapy in medically refractory epilepsy. METHODS Patients were identified with an adult epilepsy clinic database and were included if they had been on LTG-VPA combination therapy for at least 6 months. Patient demographics and information about epilepsy type, severity, and(More)
The electroencephalogram (EEG) plays an important diagnostic role in epilepsy and provides supporting evidence of a seizure disorder as well as assisting with classification of seizures and epilepsy syndromes. Emerging evidence suggests that the EEG may also provide useful prognostic information regarding seizure recurrence after a single unprovoked attack(More)