Corpus callosotomy is a surgical procedure that involves removal of corpus callosum to avoid spread of seizures from one hemisphere to another. Corpus callosum is a band of nerve fibers that connects the two halves or hemispheres of the brain. It is done in people with the most extreme and uncontrollable forms of epilepsy.
- The patient will be sedated for the procedure.
- The surgeon will make an incision in the patient’s scalp.
- A piece of bone or skull will be removed, exposing the brain.
- A section of the dura of your brain will be pulled back, creating a “window”.
- The surgeon will then insert special instruments to interrupt the course of corpus callosum.
- The parts are then reattached.
- Stops atonic seizures
- Improves quality of life
- Swelling in the brain
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss
- Speech difficulties
- Increase in partial seizures
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