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Left side of: The brain speech function, calculation, optic radiations, personality. Rarely done. Natural occurence has observed some incredible function in the very young. Do not know of reports of success or rates of failure. ...Read more
Hemispherectomy: Hermispherectomy is a surgical resection where one brain hemisphere is removed, most commonly for seizures. In the younger patients where the brain still has some plasticity the recovery can actually be quite good. ...Read more
Very good question: This type of drastic surgical treatment of intractable epilepy is considered after all other medical treatments fail. Your neurologist/neurosurgeon can give you an answer regarding reasonable expectation of surgical outcome. ...Read more
Yes: More likely than paralysis on the opposite side of the body is weakness or loss of fine finger movement or coordination. There is always a loss of visual fields on the opposite side. The degree of weakness is related, in part, to the age of the patient. The younger it is done, the less the ultimate weakness seen. ...Read more
One-half: The brain. Other side will not function; dominat side may cause lack of speech. Rarely done. Natural occurence has observed some incredible function. ...Read more
Talk to neurosurgeon: The fact that a hemispherectomy is a consideration indicates your child has intractable seizures. Hopefully the best outcome from a hemispherectomy would be stopping seizures. I would talk to the surgeon about the risks. Removing a large part of the brain would result in weakness even paralysis. Surgeon would know that most as he is the one doing the procedure. ...Read more
Please let me know if there is a difference between a hemispherectomy and the split brain procedure?
Hemispherectomy: Hemispherectomy is a removal or a disconnection of one of the hemispheres of the brain, of which you have two. A split brain procedure is when the surgeon cuts the nerve fibers that connect the two hemispheres together - a structure called the corpus callosum. Both procedures are used in the treatment of severe intractable epilepsy. ...Read more
Supposing you have a hemispherectomy (half of your brain removed). What would they fill the space with?
Does anyone know if atropine drops can correct an eye that has peripheal vision loss from a hemispherectomy?
No: No eye drop or procedure can change the fact that half the brain has been removed. ...Read more
Not really: Remember that the visual loss does not originate in the eye ( think of a normal video camera as the eye) but in the brain ( think of a bad video cable sending only half the message). Opening up the lens aperture wider does not send an image through the defective portion of the cable. ...Read more