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What is extratemporal resection surgery for epilepsy?

In an extratemporal resection surgery for epilepsy, dysfunctional brain tissue is surgically removed from areas outside the temporal lobes (sides of the brain). It is generally less successful than a temporal lobectomy unless a clear-cut tumor, vascular malformation or other lesion is present. It can be particularly difficult to localize seizures in the frontal lobes (frontal brain) since this represents such a large portion of the brain.

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