Corpus callosotomy is a type of surgery that disconnects the two sides (hemispheres) of the brain. It is used most often on children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that causes frequent seizures and intellectual disability and does not respond well to drug therapy.
Corpus callosotomy is not a cure for epilepsy. But it prevents generalized seizures in most of those who have the surgery. Focal seizures do not respond as well to this type of surgery. Focal seizures may actually get worse after surgery.
Current as of: December 13, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Steven C. Schachter MD - Neurology & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine