, Volume 38, Issue 5, pp 422–429 | Cite as

A proposed modification of the Wada test for presurgical assessment in temporal lobe epilepsy

  • K. Weissenborn
  • N. Rückert
  • E. Brassel
  • H. Becker
  • H. Dietz
Diagnostic Neuroradiology


We report experience with a modification of the Wada test used before temporal lobe resection in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. Our procedure consists of injection of amytal via a microcatheter into the anterior choroidal artery or the P2 segment of the posterior cerebral artery and simultaneous presentation of verbal and figural memory test material before, during and after the injection. Pros and cons of the modification and inherent shortcomings of the amytal test are discussed on the basis of the results in ten patients.

Key words

Temporal lobe epilepsy Presurgical assessment Amytal test 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Weissenborn
    • 1
  • N. Rückert
    • 2
  • E. Brassel
    • 3
  • H. Becker
    • 3
  • H. Dietz
    • 2
  1. 1.Neurologische Klinik mit Klinischer NeurophysiologieMedizinische Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Neurochirurgische KlinikMedizinische Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany
  3. 3.Abteilung für NeuroradiologieMedizinische Hochschule HannoverHannoverGermany

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