Journal of Pediatric Epilepsy 2020; 9(03): 097-099
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1714355
Case Report

Ethical Issue as the Limiting Factor for Epilepsy Surgery

Satyanarayana Gedela
1  Department of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2  Division of Pediatric Neurology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Christian Korff
3  Department of Pediatrics, Genève, Switzerland
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Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders with almost one-third of these patients becoming intractable to medical treatments. For some of these patients, epilepsy surgery could be the best option. There are lot of disparities in caring of the epilepsy patients. There are multiple limitations in offering epilepsy surgery for the medically intractable epilepsy patients, resulting in almost 19 years gap from the diagnosis of intractable epilepsy to epilepsy surgery. These limitations range from patient or parental fear to lack of available resources. Sometimes we face an ethical issue being the limitation from doing the right thing for the patient. We want to share our experience with one of our patients with symptomatic medically intractable focal epilepsy from Rasmussen’s encephalitis who could not get the epilepsy surgery treatment because of an ethical issue.

Publication History

Received: 11 June 2020

Accepted: 11 June 2020

Publication Date:
20 August 2020 (online)

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