Two-year follow-up of intelligence after pediatric epilepsy surgery

Marit Korkman, Marja-Liisa Granström, Elisa Kantola-Sorsa, Eija Gaily, Ritva Paetau, Elina Liukkonen, Petra-Ann Boman, Göran Blomstedt

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Research findings concerning cognitive effects of pediatric epilepsy surgery form an important basis for decisions about surgery. However, most follow-up studies have been of limited duration. In this study, a 2-year follow-up of intelligence was undertaken. Risk factors were analyzed. Included were 38 patients aged 3 to 17 years. Surgery was left in 19 patients and right in 19 patients. Types of surgery included temporal lobe resection (n = 23), extratemporal or multilobar resection (n = 8), and hernispherectomy (n = 7). The Wechsler Scales of Intelligence were administered presurgically, 6 months postsurgically, and 2 years postsurgically. No significant change in verbal or performance intelligence quotient (IQ) was demonstrated on a group level. Lateralization, type of surgery, age at surgery, sex, and presurgical IQ did not affect outcome. Across assessments, IQ scores of left-hemisphere patients were lower than those of right-hemisphere patients. Scores of patients in the hemispherectomy group were lower than those of the extratemporal or multilobar resection group, which were lower than the temporal lobe resection group. Scores improved significantly in six patients and deteriorated in seven. In conclusion, epilepsy surgery in children and adolescents does not, in general, have a significant impact on cognitive development in a 2-year perspective. In individual patients, poor seizure control and extensive surgery for Rasmussen's encephalitis were related to a deterioration of IQ. (c) 2005 by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPediatric Neurology
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)173-178
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2005
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 515 Psychology

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