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Stopping seizures: neurosurgeon Gary Mathern

  • Published Nov 18, 2009 11:16 AM

A tiny percentage of epilepsy patients have an intractable form of the disease that cannot be controlled with medication. When the patients are children, they may face cognitive impairment or death.

That's where the UCLA Pediatric Epilepsy Program, and its neurosurgeon director, can literally be a lifesaver. Gary Mathern takes a drastic approach: removing half the brain.

Read Good Medicine: Stopping Seizures in UCLA Magazine on line.