Predicting developmental and intellectual outcomes following pediatric epilepsy surgery

Takeaway

  • Validated models can predict normal and impaired intelligence quotient (IQ) 2 years following pediatric epilepsy surgery.

Why this matters

  • Studies have suggested that higher presurgical developmental quotient (DQ), higher presurgical IQ, shorter epilepsy duration, and post-operative seizure freedom predict post-surgical outcomes, but studies are limited to small cohorts.

  • The prediction models identified in this study will aid in patient counseling and expectation setting for future pediatric epilepsy surgeries.