Long-term results of conventional surgical treatment for epilepsy. Delayed recurrence after a period of 10 years

Surg Neurol. 1983 Sep;20(3):189-93. doi: 10.1016/0090-3019(83)90051-4.


The results of the surgical treatment of epilepsy were studied in 44 patients 10 or more years after operation. Thirty-seven patients underwent operation only once; these patients were observed 11-26 years postoperatively. Seven patients had a recurrence within 5 years after operation and required a second operation; these patients were observed 11-17 years after the second operation. Recovery persisted for 15-27 years in 32 patients. There was a recurrence in 12 cases 11-19 years after operation. With one exception, these recurrences were satisfactorily treated medically.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Employment
  • Epilepsy / classification
  • Epilepsy / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Recurrence
  • Social Adjustment
  • Time Factors