Assessment of surgical outcome

R. P. Lesser, R. S. Fisher, S. Uematsu

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Evaluation of outcome of epilepsy surgery is complex because of several factors. Epilepsy is itself a heterogeneous disorder. Different epilepsy centers encounter different referral mixes of patients. Institutions employ various methods for pre-operative evaluation and widely varying surgical techniques. Clear definitions of surgical success and reliable scales for its measurement are lacking. Few data are acquired prospectively and maintained in a format allowing inter-institutional collation of results. A better representation of surgical outcome could in the future be served by adherence to 4 principles: collection of common data in standard formats; comparison of like, rather than disparate, populations; maintenance of quantitative data in raw form; and measurement of outcome along several dimensions or scales. Psychosocial issues have been underemphasized in most prior analyses of outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-229
Number of pages13
JournalEpilepsy Research
Issue numberSUPPL. 5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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