A “lobectomy” is a surgical procedure for removing a diseased or damaged portion of a solid tissue such as the lung, liver, or brain. Removal of damaged and/or diseased parts of the brain may be necessary after TBI, neoplasms, intracranial hematomas, and occasionally in cases of severe brain infection. Untreated, such conditions can cause increased intracranial pressure and further damage to nearby areas of brain resulting in further morbidity as well as increasing mortality risk. Lobectomies are also still considered as part of the surgical approach to intractable epilepsy (i.e., frontal and/or temporal).
Lobectomies of the brain for treatment of seizures have been studied the most. These procedures are performed when the subject does not respond to medication, or is unable to tolerate medication side effects, or has seizures caused by structural abnormalities in the brain and usually involve the temporal or frontal lobes. The recognized behavioral...
References and Readings
- http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/temporal-lobe-resection. Accessed 8 Oct 2016.