Epilepsy: Anterior Temporal Lobectomy
Anterior temporal lobectomy is the removal of part of one of the brain's temporal lobes. It is the most common type of surgery for Reference epilepsy Opens New Window.
Anterior temporal lobectomy is used to treat people with Reference temporal lobe epilepsy, the most common type of epilepsy in adults, when antiepileptic medicines fail to control Reference seizures Opens New Window. Temporal lobe epilepsy usually causes complex partial seizures that begin in the temporal lobe.
For a person who has seizures that do not get better with antiepileptic medicines, anterior temporal lobectomy may be a good option. Having surgery may help control epilepsy better than if the person were to keep trying antiepileptic medicines.Reference 1
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology