Space considerations in printÂ forced usÂ to slim down the feature on deep brain stimulation for drug resistant epilepsy, which appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Emory Medicine.Â While I encourage you to please read ourÂ story profilingÂ playwright Paula Moreland, here are some take-away points:
*Surgery is a viable option for many patients with drug-resistant epilepsy, but not all of them, because the regions of the brain where the seizures start canÂ have important functions. (Look for an upcoming post describing a patient I met for whom theÂ surgical option was helpful.)
*Deep brain stimulation can reduce seizure frequency and improve quality of life for patients with drug-resistant epilepsy.
*In the large clinical trials on deep brain stimulation for epilepsy that have been run so far (SANTE and RNS), most participants do not see their seizures eliminated. Ms. Moreland is an exception.Â Read more