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Vol. 37, No. 1, 2002
Issue release date: Juli 2002
Section title: Original Paper
Pediatr Neurosurg 2002;37:19–21
(DOI:10.1159/000065096)

Recovery of Language after Left Hemispherectomy in a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl with Late-Onset Seizures

Telfeian A.E.b · Berqvist C.a · Danielak C.b · Simon S.L.b · Duhaime A.-C.b
Divisions of aNeurology and bNeurosurgery, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pa., USA

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: July 10, 2002
Issue release date: Juli 2002

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1016-2291 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0305 (Online)

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Abstract

Hemispherectomy is a very effective surgical treatment for intractable seizures that occur in the setting of Rasmussen’s syndrome. The decision of when to perform a dominant hemispherectomy depends greatly on how late the surgeon believes some shift in language to the nondominant hemisphere can occur. We report a right-handed patient with Rasmussen’s syndrome who underwent a left hemispherectomy at the age of 16 and has had excellent control of her seizures and remarkable language recovery. Our results indicate that dominant hemispherectomy in adolescence in the setting of late-onset seizures and Rasmussen’s syndrome in the profoundly aphasic patient does not commit the patient to the prognosis of a fixed language deficit.

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: July 10, 2002
Issue release date: Juli 2002

Number of Print Pages: 3
Number of Figures: 1
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1016-2291 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0305 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PNE


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