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CONy 2020 | Surgery for epileptic patients should be a last option

Ettore Beghi, MD, IRCCS – Institute Mario Negri, Milan, Italy, discusses how surgery is not the answer for epilepsy patients who have not responded to two anti-epileptic drugs. There is epidemiological and clinical evidence that changing the treatment schedule can be effective after two failed treatments. Epileptic patients who receive surgery only have a 50% chance of complete remission. Therefore, surgery should be the absolute last option. This interview took place during the Virtual World Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy) 2020.


American ALS Association: RCT on RNS60 in ALS Editorial Board of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Epilepsia, Epilepsia Open, Clinical Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neuroepidemiology
Italian Ministry of Health: various projects
Unrestricted educational grants by UCB-Pharma, Shire, EISAI Advisory Board, Arvelle Therapeutics