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Labourer cured of epileptic seizures after CMCH docs conduct surgery

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases in the world; 4% of the world's population suffers from the disease. Around 20% patients need surgery when their problems can no more be controlled only with medicines. Such patients need surgical treatment of epilepsy.

punjab Updated: Mar 17, 2013 19:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases in the world; 4% of the world's population suffers from the disease. Around 20% patients need surgery when their problems can no more be controlled only with medicines. Such patients need surgical treatment of epilepsy.


Recently, a team of doctors at Christian Medical College and Hospital successfully conducted its first epilepsy surgery on a 36-year-old labourer who was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

The neurosurgery team, which conducted the surgery, includes: Dr Sarvpreet Singh Grewal, Dr Sukhdeep Singh Jhawar and Dr Pransu Bhargava.

According to the doctors, epilepsy surgery involves a neurosurgical procedure where an area of the brain is involved in seizures is disconnected or stimulated. The goal is to eliminate seizures or significantly reduce seizure burden.

Dr Sukhdeep Singh Jhawar said it is a common fact in developing countries such as India, where epilepsy surgery is not considered a favourable mode of treatment due to lack of adequate resources and a belief among many physicians that epilepsy cannot be totally cured through surgery.

Talking to HT, Dr Sarvpreet Singh Grewal said that this patient, who underwent epilepsy surgery, was having repeated seizures since the last three years and it was not controlled on medicines.

Dr Sarvpreet said that after the operation, the patient no more suffers from seizures but he has to take drugs for some time as per treatment.

The doctor added that patients suffering from epilepsy should not drive, swim or work on heavy machines as they could met with any accident. He said that it was seen in many cases that epilepsy has also become the reason for accidents as the driver lost control after seizure.

He further says that brain tumour and neurocysticercosis are two common causes for epilepsy. People should not delay treatment.

According to doctors at CMCH, epilepsy surgery requires a comprehensive epilepsy care programme, which was till now available only in a few centres across the country. But now this programme has also been started at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana.