Enhance Quality of Life of Seizure and Epilepsy Patients by Surgery

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Epilepsy as defined by the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke “is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. The seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain send out the wrong signals. People may have strange sensations and emotions or behave strangely. They may have violent muscle spasms or lose consciousness. Epilepsy has many possible causes, including illness, brain injury and abnormal brain development. In many cases, the cause is unknown.”

Long term studies have proved that epilepsy procedure is effective and safe intervention for controlling seizure and enhancing the quality of life. The medical hypothesis remains a much prominent treatment alternative for the individuals suffering from epilepsy. On the other hand a long term 26 year old study unveils that after the epilepsy surgery, approximately half of the patients were found to be free of disabling seizures. Around 80% of the patients reported that their quality of life had improved following the surgery. Results from this study can be read in the periodical Epilepisa which is in print by Wiley-Blackwell.

Approximately 50 million people all across the world experience seizures which are caused due to epilepsy, as reported by WHO in their report of 2001. The medical evidences put forward that when compared to ordinary populace, the epilepsy patients tend to have prominent poor health and quality of life, elevated rates of co-morbidity, diminished rate of marriage, employment and education. Preceding studies have discovered that majority of participants suffering from epilepsy respond to the antiepileptic drugs and around 30% of the participants are unruly to the medical therapy. In cases where the medical therapy fails to regulate seizure, it is then that the epilepsy procedure proves to be an effective and safe treatment alternative.

Even when the figure of epilepsy surgeries has increased and the medical literature has confirmed the success of the surgery, it still remains as underutilized therapy for regulating seizure. To verify this, the researchers then scrutinized the data of seizure and analyzed the quality of life of 361 individuals who had opted for epilepsy surgery amid the years 1967 and 1990. The patients were then questioned regarding their seizure regulation and quality of life. The findings report that outcomes of epilepsy surgery can be sustained for longer time period thereby controlling seizure and improving quality of life.


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