Steven C. Schachter MD


Corpus Callosotomy

Corpus callosotomy is a type of surgery that disconnects the two sides (hemispheres) of the brain. It is used most often on children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that causes frequent seizures and intellectual disability and does not respond well to drug therapy. Corpus callosotomy is not a…

Rasmussen Syndrome

Rasmussen syndrome is a form of childhood epilepsy that causes frequent, severe seizures. The seizures damage one side (hemisphere) of the brain, often resulting in gradual loss of movement and sensation on one side of the body, problems with mental development, partial loss of vision in one eye, and speech and language…

Stopping Medicine for Epilepsy

It is easy to understand people’s reasons for wanting to stop medicine. Some reasons are side effects and drug toxicity, the cost and inconvenience of medicine, and, for women who want to have children, the higher risk of birth defects associated with some epilepsy medicines. If you have not had a seizure in several…

Focal Epilepsy

Epilepsy that causes partial seizures is sometimes called focal epilepsy, because the seizures start at a specific focus or location within the brain. In people with this type of disorder, the electrical charges that cause seizures begin in a specific area in the brain, although more of the brain may become affected…

Partial Seizures

An epileptic seizure is the body and brain’s response to sudden bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. A partial seizure is an epileptic seizure that begins in a distinct part of the brain. There are three types of partial seizures: Simple partial seizures briefly disrupt a person’s speech, movement…