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Epilepsy Research and Treatment
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 374848, 13 pages
Review Article

Surgical Techniques for the Treatment of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

1Division of Neurosurgery, Neurosciences Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh 11211, Saudi Arabia
2Division of Neurological Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, P.O. Box 1540, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3Epilepsy Programme, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A 5A5

Received 21 September 2011; Revised 7 December 2011; Accepted 26 December 2011

Academic Editor: Seyed M. Mirsattari

Copyright © 2012 Faisal Al-Otaibi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most common form of medically intractable epilepsy. Advances in electrophysiology and neuroimaging have led to a more precise localization of the epileptogenic zone within the temporal lobe. Resective surgery is the most effective treatment for TLE. Despite the variability in surgical techniques and in the extent of resection, the overall outcomes of different TLE surgeries are similar. Here, we review different surgical interventions for the management of TLE.