This separates the major band of fibers inter-connecting the left and the right hemisphere of brain. It rarely cures seizures, but may slow down the spread of the seizures. In such instances, people may be able to sit down or protect themselves. The split-brain operation can be viewed as a procedure to prevent injuries from seizures rather than a cure for seizures.
This entails removal of the majority of one hemisphere (half) of the brain. The radical procedure is employed in individuals, usually children, who have severe damage to one hemisphere. Candidates may suffer from a type of encephalitis called Rasmussen's encephalitis, in which the local damage to a hemisphere is progressive over years. Although children are initially weak on the side of the body opposite surgery after the procedure, function usually recovers. Recovery is more complete for younger children under age 6 than for those in the teens or beyond. Children who recover well from a hemispherectomy grow up with only a clumsy hand and a limp.
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