The role of neuropsychological evaluation in epilepsy surgery candidates

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Neuropsychological evaluations of preoperative epilepsy surgical candidates have been a routine portion of the multidisciplinary evaluation at most epilepsy centers for decades. Neuropsychology assessments have been explored as a means to predict and identify postoperative cognitive deficits after resections (chiefly temporal lobe), and in numerically quantifying those changes that do occur. In this manuscript, we describe the typical tools used, including tests of general intelligence, tests of language, tests of visuospatial cognition, and tests of verbal memory. Evidence for or against the use of the neuropsychological evaluation as a means to localize seizure onset, or as an adjunct for ictal focus lateralization is also included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-305
Number of pages5
JournalNeurosurgery Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 10 2014


  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Intractable epilepsy
  • Multidisciplinary team
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • Verbal memory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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