The 2020 April Issue of Neurosurgical Focus Examines Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy

Newswise — Charlottesville, VA (April 1, 2020). The April issue of Neurosurgical Focus (Vol. 48, No. 4  [https://thejns.org/focus/view/journals/neurosurg-focus/48/4/neurosurg-focus.48.issue-4.xml]) includes 16 articles and an editorial on surgical treatments for epilepsy.

As this issue’s editors—Guy M. McKhann II, Andrew W. McEvoy, Robert E. Gross, and Stephan Chabardes—describe the topic, “Epilepsy surgery is an exciting and dynamic field within neurosurgery. Advances in neuroimaging, neuroscience, neuromodulation, laser technology, robotics, and invasive neuromonitoring are being combined to make epilepsy surgery less invasive, safer, and in some cases more effective. This issue of Neurosurgical Focus contains articles representing the gamut of epilepsy surgery.”

The following papers can be found in the April issue of Neurosurgical Focus:

  • “Introduction. Surgical treatment of epilepsy” by Guy M. McKhann II et al.
  • “Robot-assisted stereoelectroencephalography exploration of the limbic thalamus in human focal epilepsy: implantation technique and complications in the first 24 patients” by Ganne Chaitanya, Andrew K. Romeo, Adeel Ilyas, et al.
  • “Editorial: Dulling the double-edged sword of human SEEG research” by Guy M. McKhann II
  • “Safety of the paramedian supracerebellar–transtentorial approach for selective amygdalohippocampectomy” by Carlo Serra, Kevin Akeret, et al.
  • “Risk factors and results of hemispherotomy reoperations in children” by Marcelo Volpon Santos et al.
  • “Cavernoma-related epilepsy in cavernous malformations located within the temporal lobe: surgical management and seizure outcome” by Patrick Schuss et al.
  • “Prognostic factors of postoperative seizure outcomes in older patients with temporal lobe epilepsy” by Xinghui He et al.
  • “Cingulate gyrus epilepsy: semiology, invasive EEG, and surgical approaches” by Chien-Chen Chou et al. (includes a video)
  • “Pediatric functional hemispherectomy: operative techniques and complication avoidance” by Christopher C. Young et al.
  • “Unilateral prefontal lobotomy for epilepsy: technique and surgical anatomy” by Giulia Cossu et al. (includes a video)
  • “Inverse national trends of laser interstitial thermal therapy and open surgical procedures for refractory epilepsy: a Nationwide Inpatient Sample–based propensity score matching analysis” by Mayur Sharma et al.
  • “Stereotactic laser interstitial thermal therapy for epilepsy associated with solitary and multiple cerebral cavernous malformations” by David Satzer, James X. Tao, et al.
  • “Relative contribution of individual versus combined functional imaging studies in predicting seizure freedom in pediatric epilepsy surgery: an area under the curve analysis” by Pongkiat Kankirawatana et al.
  • “Temporal lobe structural evaluation after transsylvian selective amygdalohippocampectomy” by Leonardo Giacomini et al.
  • “Altered integrity of corpus callosum in generalized epilepsy in relation to seizure lateralization after corpus callosotomy” by Po Ching Chen
  • “Utility of magnetic source imaging in nonlesional focal epilepsy: a prospective study” by Ismail Sidky Mohamed et al.
  • “Arteriovenous malformation presenting with epilepsy: a multimodal approach to diagnosis and treatment” by Sauson Soldozy
  • “Interneuron transplantation: a prospective surgical therapy for medically refractory epilepsy” by Stephen C. Harward


The issue also includes a letter to the editor entitled “Lumbar canal stenosis: can ‘only fixation’ really make decompression futile?” by Asifur Rahman

Join us in reading this issue of Neurosurgical Focus and keep up with the latest news on neurosurgical treatment of epilepsy.




For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Jo Ann M. Eliason, Communications Manager, Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group, One Morton Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903; Email: [email protected]  Phone 434-982-1209.

Neurosurgical Focus, an online-only, monthly, peer-reviewed journal, covers a different neurosurgery-related topic in depth each month and is available free to all readers at http://www.thejns.org. Enhanced by color images and video clips, each issue constitutes a state-of-the-art "textbook chapter" in the field of neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Focus is one of five journals published by the JNS Publishing Group, the scholarly journal division of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. Other peer-reviewed journals published by the JNS Publishing Group each month include the Journal of Neurosurgery, the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, and Neurosurgical Focus: Video. All five journals can be accessed at www.thejns.org.

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 10,000 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system including the brain, spinal column, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit www.AANS.org.


Journal Link: Neurosurgical Focus, April 2019