An update on pediatric surgical epilepsy: Part II

Nisha Gadgil, Matthew Muir, Melissa A. Lopresti, Sandi K. Lam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Recent advances may allow surgical options for pediatric patients with refractory epilepsy not previously deemed surgical candidates. This review outlines major technological developments in the field of pediatric surgical epilepsy. Methods: The literature was comprehensively reviewed and summarized pertaining to stereotactic electroencephalography (sEEG), laser ablation, focused ultrasound (FUS), responsive neurostimulation (RNS), and deep brain stimulation (DBS) in pediatric epilepsy patients. Results: sEEG allows improved seizure localization in patients with widespread, bilateral, or deep-seated epileptic foci. Laser ablation may be used for destruction of deep-seated epileptic foci close to eloquent structures; FUS has a similar potential application. RNS is a palliative option for patients with eloquent, multiple, or broad epileptogenic foci. DBS is another palliative approach in children unsuitable for respective surgery. Conclusion: The landscape of pediatric epilepsy is changing due to improved diagnostic and treatment options for patients with refractory seizures. These interventions may improve seizure outcomes and decrease surgical morbidity, though further research is needed to define the appropriate role for each modality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number258
JournalSurgical Neurology International
StatePublished - Dec 2019


  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Innovation
  • Minimally invasive
  • Pediatric
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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