Anterior temporal lobectomy is the removal of part of one of the
brain's temporal lobes. It is the most common type of surgery for
This type of surgery is used to treat people with
temporal lobe epilepsy when medicines fail to control
seizures. Temporal lobe epilepsy is the most common type of
epilepsy in adults. It usually causes
complex partial seizures that start in the temporal lobe.
For a person who has seizures that do not get better with
medicines, surgery may be a good option.
It may help control epilepsy better than if the person were to keep
trying the medicines.footnote 1
CitationsMiller JW, Hakimian S (2013). Surgical treatment of epilepsy. Continuum, 19(3): 730-742. DOI: 10.1212/01.CON.0000431398.69594.97. Accessed June 21, 2016.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerSteven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
Current as ofOctober 14, 2016
Current as of:
October 14, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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