Last updated on May 2019

Surgery as a Treatment for Medically Intractable Epilepsy

Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Focal epilepsy | Epilepsy | Temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Age: Between 8 - 100 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female


To be eligible for entry into the study, candidates must meet all the following criteria:

  1. Be 8 years of age or older with drug resistant epilepsy or tumor related epilepsy.
  2. Have focal onset seizures.
  3. Seizures must persist despite medical therapy (drug resistant epilepsy) or seizures must be associated with the presence of a brain tumor.
  4. Able to give informed consent, or have a parent able to provide informed consent if a child.
  5. Agree to undergo brain surgery if indicated to treat drug resistant epilepsy.


Candidates will be excluded if they:

  1. Are pregnant (subjects of childbearing age will be tested with a urine pregnancy test and will have agreed to avoid being pregnant by practicing a reliable form of contraception or by abstinence from sexual intercourse while undergoing evaluation for epilepsy surgery and for 1 month after epilepsy surgery).
  2. Cannot have an MRI scan.
  3. Have a bleeding disorder that cannot be corrected before invasive testing or surgery, or other medical conditions which would make testing or surgery unsafe, such as lung or cardiac disease which would increase the risk of general anesthesia or severe immunodeficiency or systemic cancer not related to a brain lesion.

Recruitment Status: Open

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