Predictors of postoperative language change after temporal lobe resection

Takeaway

  • Removing a higher proportion of the top 10% of voxels activated on functional MRI (fMRI) during a language activation task is associated with greater post-surgery naming score decline in people undergoing temporal lobectomy (TLE).

Why this matters

  • Functional MRI could be used when planning TLE to identify predominant areas of activation during language tasks and preserve neuropsychological function post-surgery.