Cuba applies surgical alternative to treat epilepsy
Cuba appears within the small group of nations with a program to develop epilepsy surgery, recognized as a promising therapeutic alternative for the control of this chronic disease of the nervous system. This was announced at the third scientific conference Neurological Restoration 2009, held recently at the Palacio de Convenciones in Havana with the participation of around 340 specialists from 19 countries.
M.Dr. Liliam Morales Chacón, chief of the services of Clinical Neurophysiology at the International Center of Neurological Restoration (CIREN), explained that the surgical procedure only applies in cases where the traditional use of drugs has not been able to control the occurrence of epileptic fits. M.Dr. Chacón also stated that 25 Cuban patients have already been successfully operated on, most of which have not suffered a new crisis one year after.
In the program are also collaborating researchers from the Cuban Center for Neuroscience, when designing assessment systems to identify potential candidates to receive surgical alternative.
(Sol y Son Magazine)