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PURPOSE In a previous study we reported clinically significant memory declines 3 months after selective amygdalohippocampectomy (SAH) in 140 patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, particularly if the resection was left-sided. We supposed that the observed postoperative impairments might have reflected acute effects of surgery. Therefore we evaluated(More)
A wealth of animal and human research has pointed to a significant involvement of the temporal lobes in memory processing, and yet the different functional roles of temporal cortical vs. mesial structures remain unclear. We studied verbal declarative memory, by using a word list paradigm that differentiates among learning (immediate recall), memory (delayed(More)
OBJECTIVES Existing speculations regarding the cognitive functions of the right hippocampus suggest a special involvement in non-verbal memory functions. However, all supporting evidence in epileptic patients came from postoperative studies that did not consider the preoperative functioning level. The present study investigates in patients with right(More)
The purpose of our study is to evaluate whether children recover better than adults from memory deficits as a consequence of temporal lobe surgery. We compared 3 and 12 month outcomes obtained in children and adults with medically refractory epilepsy. Each candidate underwent temporal lobe resection for seizure control and children were matched with regard(More)
OBJECTIVE Hemispheric neurosurgery is an established treatment for severe epilepsy caused by extended unilateral brain pathology. However, it is still an unresolved question at which age surgery should best be performed. In light of decreasing plasticity and the cumulative impact of seizures and anticonvulsants on neurodevelopment, early surgery appears(More)
We report the effects of hippocampal and non-hippocampal temporal-lobe dysfunction on verbal fluency performance. Quantitative aspects of semantic and phonemic fluency performance were examined in 46 patients with right- or left-temporal-lobe epilepsy and 20 healthy controls. A pattern of fewer words generated on semantic rather than phonemic fluency tasks(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Mediotemporal lobe (MTL) epilepsy (MTLE) is particularly frequent among human localisation related epilepsies. MTLE usually starts before adulthood and is most frequently associated with hippocampal sclerosis (HS). Here, aetiologies, disease courses and outcomes of adult onset MTLE patients treated at this tertiary epilepsy centre are(More)
PURPOSE Intellectual disabilities are often associated with bilateral or diffuse morphologic brain damage. The chances of becoming seizure free after focal surgery are therefore considered to be worse in patients with intellectual disabilities. The risk of postoperative cognitive deficits could increase because diffuse brain damage lowers the patient's(More)
PURPOSE Because a low IQ score indicates global brain damage, several authors consider it a contraindication for resective epilepsy surgery. This study reports the postoperative results of a small group of subaverage-intelligence patients with epilepsy who underwent focal resections. METHODS We report on 16 patients who underwent focal resections (no(More)