C152 - Clinical Epilepsy IV: Surgery

Event Time: Tuesday May 7, 2019 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Topic(s): Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG)
Director(s): Gregory Cascino MD, FAAN
Description: This program will address the evaluation and management of patients with drug-resistant focal epilepsy who are being considered for surgical treatment. The comorbidities of medically refractory epilepsy that may be progressive and impact the patients' quality of life will be considered. The discussion will outline the current definition of a treatment-resistant epilepsy and the potential alternative forms of therapy. Tailored diagnostic evaluations will be discussed for selected operative procedures including focal cortical resection, lesionectomy, hemispherotomy, and minimally invasive techniques. Appropriate protocols for neuroimaging and electrophysiological studies will be emphasized. The outcome of surgical therapy and prognostic importance of the comprehensive presurgical evaluation will be presented. This program complements Clinical Epilepsy I: Basics, Clinical Epilepsy II: Considerations Across the Age Span: Pediatrics, Pregnancy, and Epilepsy, and Clinical Epilepsy III: Advanced (Status, Beyond AED, Video EEG), but covers independent topics.
Completion Message: Participants should become familiar with the current recommendations for the diagnostic evaluation of individuals with drug-resistant focal epilepsy who may be candidates for surgical treatment. The concept of a surgically remediable epileptic syndrome in people with epilepsy will be presented. Clinical pearls to identify highly favorable candidates for epilepsy surgery will be provided. The efficacy and safety of selected operative procedures will be reviewed.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Patient Care, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Systems-based Practice

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