Re: brain sclerosis
When I think of sclerotic tissue or sclerosis, I think of scar tissue. The scar left after an injury, burn, or other insult to the skin does as good a job as it can in performing the functions that type of tissue did before the injury. If you notice, even though a scar on the skin doesn't look the same as that skin did before the insult, it still does a pretty good job of covering the area as before. If you think of a small area of brain tissue that suffered an insult of some sort, the principles are the same in that the cells try to do the job they did before, but it's not exactly the same. Those cells misfire rather than fire as they did before. A seizure can result from that misfiring. Epilepsy is the condition where an area of sclerotic tissue exists and causes seizures. The surgery is to remove that area misfiring or the area of sclerosis, the scar so to speak. You said that your son was seeing the top child neuro. Is this doc an Epileptologist? That is VERY important. A general neuro is not what you need if you are talking surgery. Your son should be treated by an Epileptologist at a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. That is the only place that I would trust my own life to or that of my child or other loved one if brain surgery for epilepsy was planned. You also have to research those too. You talk to the patients or their parents when choosing a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Epileptologist as well as neurosurgeon. You do have to do the research because not all are as experienced and adept or skilled at this surgery as others are. Brain tissue does not grow back. I had my surgery 6 years ago, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. My diagnosis was Mesial Temporal Sclerosis too. That is what causes the seizures that give the diagnosis of epilepsy. I start more college next week. Please plug in Mesial Temporal Sclerosis or the specific type your son has in the Search feature. There is a lot of info here. Phoebe
Last edited by Phoebe; 01-07-2005 at 10:20 PM.