Insidious epilepsy can be performed. The influence of music is also being tested in Brno Health News Brněnská Drbna
Věra Švandrlíková has been suffering from annoying epileptic seizures since childhood, which appear several times a month. Because her form of epilepsy is not treatable with drugs, the mother of two children decided to have surgery. The operation, which makes a woman’s daily life, was performed by neurologists from the Brno hospital.
Insidious epilepsy is caused by a transient nerve cell disorder and manifests itself in typical seizures. In order to suffer from this unpleasant disease, they experience disorders of consciousness during attacks, which are often accompanied by convulsions or rapid twitching. An epileptic seizure is followed by about five percent of the population, and half a percent of people suffer from seizures repeatedly.
Diagnosis complicates the normal life of patients and their loved ones. In addition, seizures pose a risk of injury to the patient. “I have two children and I want them not to be afraid to be alone with their mother,” help Věra Švandrlíková, who decided to solve her illness with operations at the University Hospital at St. Anne’s in Brno (FNUSA). The doctors inserted fifteen electrodes into Věra’s brain, and under the supervision of paramedics, the woman is now waiting for another epileptic seizure. Thanks to the monitoring of brain activity, they can professionally find the exact locus causing epileptic episodes and then remove it.
Better life after surgery
“As part of the preoperative examination, we implant intracerebral electrodes into pre-selected sites in the brain to see what happens in these areas during the attack, and then we can operate on these sites with much more confidence.” describes a neurologist FNUSA Ondřej Strýček. Like Věra, about a third of epileptics suffer from drug-resistant epilepsy, a drug that is an insoluble form of the disease.
Those interested in surgery are registered by many Brno doctors and they perform electrode monitoring about twenty times a year. Services turn to neurology with a vision of a better quality of life without fear that the attack will hit them at the wrong time. “I expect the operation to take my life as a result. Illness limits me, whether it’s choosing a profession or a relationship. Few will bear the constant threat of another seizure. “ to treat Vera.
Music also helps
Research team of Brno doctors verification in epileptic patients also the so-called Mozart effect. Listening to music can be a minimal therapy for some neuropsychiatric disorders. Mrs. Věra is also taking part in the more widespread research into the influence of music on epileptic discharges.
“We use the fact that the patient has electrodes in her brain as part of the follow-up. We play various music in special sealing headphones and watch how it is reflected in the number of epileptiform discharges. By counting them, we can determine which music is most suitable for it in terms of shock reduction, “ describes Uncle. On the first day, listen to patients on five different songs. The doctor then selects the most suitable one and verifies its effect the next day with the most similar and contrasting compositions possible.
Current research at FNUSA plays patients with various types of music, such as film music, piano minimalism or relaxation music. Věra Švandrlíková likes this the most, although in her case it does not work to suppress shocks. “The patient is most interested in Mozart, which she does not like. It is not at all that patients perceive it in such a contradictory way, “ illuminated Uncle.