New advice issued about epilepsy surgery evaluation

The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) has advised that patients up to the age of 70 with drug-resistant epilepsy should be offered surgical evaluation.

The advice has been issued in a new consensus document, published as a Special Report in Epilepsia, which is designed to provide recommendations on the timing of referral for epilepsy surgical evaluation.

It states that even people who are seizure-free on antiseizure medications with a resectable lesion may benefit from surgery by avoiding drug side effects.

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