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June 02, 2021

Video: Neurosurgeon brings minimally invasive approach to treating seizures

Video: Neurosurgeon brings minimally invasive approach to treating seizures

Dylan Pierce was 25 years old when he started having focal seizures with impaired awareness about 7 years ago. When medications and other treatment didn't work, he came to IU Health where he met functional neurosurgeon, Dr. Kunal Gupta.

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"The new type of surgery that we were able to offer Dylan here at IU Health is something called Stereo EEG where we implant depth electrodes into the brain to different structures. It's minimally invasive as well," said Dr. Gupta.

The electrodes recorded brain activity so Dr. Gupta could locate the origin of the seizures in Dylan's brain.

"We were able to find out that the seizures were starting at a small cyst [in Dylan's brain] and then spreading to other areas. In his case we were then able to go with a second, minimally invasive treatment using a laser to just burn out that area."

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