Language development after epilepsy surgery

When epilepsy develops in childhood, it often leads to learning and behavioural problems, particularly when seizures continue for a number of years. Surgery to remove the source of the seizures may be considered for some of those children who do not respond to anti-epileptic drug treatment. However in many children the seizures originate in a region of the brain essential for language and cognitive performance.

In this study Dr Baldeweg and colleagues from University College London are investigating to what degree the brain can reorganise critical language functions to other parts of the brain and how language and cognitive development after this type of surgery is affected. The team is also investigating to what extent imaging scans obtained before surgery are successful at predicting favourable outcomes in the children who underwent surgery.

Read more about this study about language development after epilepsy surgery here.