Ron Torkelson

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Computed tomography (CT) scans provide three-dimensional information about intracranial structures, which can be used to place stereotactically guided radiofrequency (RF) lesions and destroy a targeted volume of tissue. This technique was used for lesioning of the corpus callosum (CC) or the amygdala-hippocampus complex (AHC) in 9 patients with intractable(More)
This report describes five patients who, following a neurologically complicated primary Epstein-Barr virus infection, developed progressive or relapsing neurologic deficits. The sequelae in four patients followed 4 to 12 years led to the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). The fifth patient presented with acute disseminated sclerosis and exhibits diffuse(More)
Normocephalic children found to have ventriculomegaly during evaluation of long-standing (4.5-8.5 years) neurological disorder were tested for academic achievement, intellectual quotient and neuropsychological functioning. Radioactive iodinated serum cisternography, pre and post-shunt electrophysiological studies (visual evoked responses, brainstem auditory(More)
Dominant seizure foci (DSF) are seizure foci that do not respond to multiple subpial transections (MST). DSF were isolated in 15/31 patients who underwent MST in the past 6 years. These patients had MST over both hemispheres (6 patients) or over multiple lobes of one hemisphere (9 patients). DSF measured 0.5-1 cm in diameter and numbered 1-4 (in each(More)
A 17-year-old man with the Kleine-Levin syndrome died unexpectedly of cardiopulmonary arrest during a period of autonomic instability that followed an episode of megaphagia. At autopsy, the only pertinent finding was mild depigmentation of the locus ceruleus and substantia nigra. Premortem CSF levels of 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with multilobar or bihemispheric seizure foci (MLBHSF) are generally not considered candidates for major resective surgery because of the high risk of complications. A combination of relatively less invasive surgical procedures were used to treat 19 patients with intractable seizures with MLBHSF. METHODS Epileptogenic areas were(More)
Minimally invasive procedures (multiple subpial transection, topectomy and amygdalahippocampotomy) were used to treat 24 patients with intractable seizures. The seizure foci were in both hemispheres in 3 patients, all 4 lobes of a hemisphere in 1 patient, 3 lobes of a hemisphere in 5 patients, 2 lobes of a hemisphere in 11 patients and the temporal lobe(More)
Dear God, Your Scripture encourages people to "worry about nothing, pray about everything, and rejoice." The promise is that You can bring good from what appears to be chaos. The amazing truth is that You have chosen these people standing here to do just that. The evening news has reported the challenges and the decisions this body of people have been(More)
A case of intractable seizures, originating in the motor cortex, was successfully treated with excision of the seizure focus after precise location of the focus on depth electrode recordings. The depth electrode was placed stereotactically with coordinates from xenon-enhanced CT images. Prior attempts at treating the seizures with ablation of seizure foci(More)
Brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEPs) were studied in a "locked-in" syndrome resulting from multiple occlusions of paramedian pontine arteries. Abnormality of BAEPs (first recorded 10 days after infarction) indicated that brainstem damage extended beyond the basis pontis, where, typically, interruption of corticospinal pathways results in the(More)
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