Neuropsychological Evaluations

Neuropsychology is key to interrogating the cognitive dysfunction that often accompanies long standing focal epilepsy, and tests attention, problem solving, memory, language, I.Q., visual-spatial skills, academic skills, and social-emotional functioning. Results from neuropsychology inform the team whether the patient might tolerate a surgical procedure on their brain with no or minimal alteration in their cognitive function, or whether a proposed procedure would carry a high risk of imposing a significant deficit. In the latter case, epilepsy surgery can be impractical, and the patient may be advised of alternative, non-surgical therapies.