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CONy 2020 | Surgery for epileptic patients should be a last option

Ettore Beghi, MD, IRCCS – Institute Mario Negri, Milan, Italy, discusses how surgery is not the answer for epilepsy patients who have not responded to two anti-epileptic drugs. There is epidemiological and clinical evidence that changing the treatment schedule can be effective after two failed treatments. Epileptic patients who receive surgery only have a 50% chance of complete remission. Therefore, surgery should be the absolute last option. This interview took place during the Virtual World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) 2020.

Disclosures

American ALS Association: RCT on RNS60 in ALS Editorial Board of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Epilepsia, Epilepsia Open, Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neuroepidemiology
Italian Ministry of Health: various projects
Unrestricted educational grants by UCB-Pharma, Shire, EISAI Advisory Board, Arvelle Therapeutics