Today the boy rarely experiences seizures and his development has improved dramatically thanks to a bold three-stage brain operation being performed at NYU Medical Center by pediatric neurosurgeon Howard Weiner, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.
This child's case study is part of a report in the May issue of the journal Pediatrics that describes 25 children with tuberous sclerosis who have been operated on by Dr. Weiner over the last six years. It is the largest report of epilepsy surgery in young children with the disease by a single surgeon in the medical literature.
The youngest child was 7 months old, and the oldest 17. They initially were evaluated extensively by a team of physicians that included Dr. Weiner and Orrin Devinsky, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry and Director of NYU's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. The evaluation included an overnight stay in a special inpatient pediatric epilepsy unit at NYU's Tisch Hospital, equipped with 24-hour electroencephalography (EEG) and video monitoring to correlate the children's behavior with unusual brain activity.
After the evaluation revealed that seizures were affecting many areas of their brains, the team determined that the multi-stage operation would be necessary. Nearly all of the children underwent three separate brain operations over a 2-1/2 week period. Some of the operations lasted as long as nine hours. During the entir
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