CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Arquivos Brasileiros de Neurocirurgia: Brazilian Neurosurgery 2020; 39(01): 027-032
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1604029
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Thieme Revinter Publicações Ltda Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

History and Evolution of Epilepsy Surgery

Article in several languages: English | português
1  Department of Neurosurgery, Hospital de Clínicas da Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, PR, Brazil
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20 December 2016

31 May 2017

Publication Date:
30 June 2017 (online)



The surgical treatment for epilepsy has a worldwide historical relevance for centuries. There are archaeological reports that date it back to ancient Egypt; however, the year 1886 is considered a landmark in the surgical treatment for epilepsy in the Modern Age, when the first surgery for the treatment of focal epileptic events was performed successfully. Since then, innumerable related articles have been published evoluonarily. Over the last centuries, new techniques and technologies provided better understanding, diagnosis and management for this disease. Thus, historical and evolutionary knowledge becomes important to let us better understand the current position of the surgery for epilepsy treatment and control.