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Stereotactic Laser Ablation May Improve Cognitive Outcomes

Epilepsy Res; ePub 2017 Sept 23; Drane.


MRI-guided stereotactic laser ablation (MRI-SLA) seems to offer advantages over more traditional open resection in patients requiring epileptic surgery, according to a recent review of the evidence.

  • MRI-SLA has been found to improve several types of cognitive outcomes when compared to open surgery.
  • Daniel Drane, MD, from Emory University points out that stereotactic laser ablation reduces collateral neurological damage.
  • Stereotatic laser amygdalohippocampotomy may result in better neurological functioning in areas that include category related naming, verbal fluency, and object/familiar person recognition, when compared to traditional resection.
  • The evidence suggests that using a neurosurgical technique like MRI-SLE offers advantages in patients undergoing epilepsy surgery by limiting the size of the surgical lesion zone.

Drane DL. MRI-Guided stereotactic laser ablation for epilepsy surgery: Promising preliminary results for cognitive outcome. [Published online ahead of print Sept 23, 2017] Epilepsy Res.

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