Radical surgery offers new hope for epileptics

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 January, 2000, 12:00am

An epilepsy sufferer has undergone radical surgery in an attempt to prevent up to six seizures a month.

Ms Leung, in her 30s, underwent brain surgery in November and has not had a seizure since.

Epilepsy surgery is only performed at Queen Mary Hospital and targets about 10 per cent of people who do not benefit from medication.

Since 1994, the hospital has performed 20 epilepsy operations on 15 patients.

Figures show 73 per cent of patients were seizure-free after the operation, while 20 per cent had greatly improved seizure control.

Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder after strokes, with about 60,000 people in Hong Kong suffering from chronic epilepsy.

Yesterday Ms Leung said: 'I thought it a good idea to share my experiences with other people and to tell them not to feel discouraged.' Dr Gardian Fong Chung-yan, a medical officer at Queen Mary Hospital, said most severe patients received medical attention but many people were afraid to reveal they were epileptics for fear of discrimination in the workplace.

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