Key words Social outcome
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Abstract Surgical treatment of refractory epilepsy in childhood and adolescence has been shown to be effective in reducing the seizure frequency. This paper examines the question: “Does this result in a better socioeconomic outcome in later years?” Patients who underwent a surgical procedure for the treatment of their medically refractory epilepsy at our hospital, had more than 2-years' follow-up, and were less than 18 years old at time of survey were included. From a retrospective chart review, age at onset and at surgery, duration of seizures prior to surgery, years of follow-up, type of surgery, and neurological status were obtained. From a telephone survey, seizure frequency after surgery, marital, financial and driving status, level of education, and employment status were ascertained. Sixty-four patients in our epileptic surgical series meet entry criteria. Significantly higher levels of education, employment status and independence were found in patients with a class I Engel outcome compared to other Engel outcomes.
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