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Watch Epilepsy Surgery on Live Web Broadcast

Temporal lobectomy, a surgical procedure that involves removing parts of the temporal lobe that cause seizures, is offering hope to epilepsy patients who have not been responsive to medical therapy.

A frequent cause of temporal lobe epilepsy is brain trauma.

Neurologists and neurosurgeons at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center use electroencephalograms (EEG), positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) to pinpoint the exact origin of the disease. Surgeons then remove the scarred tissue to reduce or eliminate the seizures.

On Wednesday March 1 at 5 p.m. neurosurgeon Steven Glazier, M.D. will perform a temporal lobectomy during a live Internet broadcast. The surgery removes a small part of the temporal lobe, part of the brain that extends from the temples to just past the ears.

You can get more information on this live broadcast by going to the Wake Forest University Epilepsy Site.

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