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What is Neuropsycholgical Testing's Role in Epilepsy Care?
Neuropsychological testing is used to assess cognitive abilities such as memory, language and problem solving. The pattern of a patientâ€™s test results can identify strengths and weaknesses and can be used to help determine the location of your seizure focus.
In addition, neuropsychological test results in conjunction with Wada testing can provide additional information regarding probable cognitive outcome and likelihood of being seizure free after surgery. A neuropsychologist will provide feedback regarding test results approximately 2-3 weeks after the evaluation.
The neuropsychological evaluation consists of an interview with the neuropsychologist that is followed by administration of a 5-6 hour battery of cognitive tests. It is often beneficial to have a family member present during the clinical interview to provide additional information regarding a patientâ€™s seizures.
The cognitive tests are primarily paper and pencil measures. No studying or other preparation is required.
If a patient undergoes neurosurgery, a follow-up neuropsychological evaluation is conducted approximately six months after surgery. This post-operative assessment provides the patient with information about areas of cognitive change and gives important outcome information for the epilepsy surgery program.
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