Title

Let's Split! How the Effects of a Hemispherectomy of the Right Side of the Brain Compares to the Removal of the Left Side

Presentation Type

Poster

Academic Level

Collin College Health Science Academy

Location

Conference Room D

Start Date

12-4-2017 5:00 PM

End Date

12-4-2017 5:45 PM

Abstract

Abstract

The “let’s split” project explores how a hemispherectomy of the left side of the brain affects personality and development, compared to removal of the right side of the brain. As a secondary research project, the project will explain the importance of each side of the brain and the common results of a hemispherectomy on either side. A hemispherectomy is a rare treatment in which a cerebral hemisphere of the brain is removed as a result of frequent seizures or epilepsy. While the prognosis of this treatment is good, it remains a last resort. Young patients are able to improve dramatically after the treatment, however there are some complications. Primarily, as a result of the hemispherectomy, patients always suffer from paralysis on the side of the body opposite from the removed hemisphere. Furthermore, the older the patient is, the less likely the brain can transfer over the information from one side of the brain to the other effectively. By studying these issues, however, this project can discover how the issues correlate with the right or left side of the brain respectively. With this information, neurologists and other healthcare professionals may be able to increase the quality of healthcare delivery for these patients.

Keywords: [hemispherectomy, correlate, cerebral, paralysis, epilepsy]

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Apr 12th, 5:00 PM Apr 12th, 5:45 PM

Let's Split! How the Effects of a Hemispherectomy of the Right Side of the Brain Compares to the Removal of the Left Side

Conference Room D

Abstract

The “let’s split” project explores how a hemispherectomy of the left side of the brain affects personality and development, compared to removal of the right side of the brain. As a secondary research project, the project will explain the importance of each side of the brain and the common results of a hemispherectomy on either side. A hemispherectomy is a rare treatment in which a cerebral hemisphere of the brain is removed as a result of frequent seizures or epilepsy. While the prognosis of this treatment is good, it remains a last resort. Young patients are able to improve dramatically after the treatment, however there are some complications. Primarily, as a result of the hemispherectomy, patients always suffer from paralysis on the side of the body opposite from the removed hemisphere. Furthermore, the older the patient is, the less likely the brain can transfer over the information from one side of the brain to the other effectively. By studying these issues, however, this project can discover how the issues correlate with the right or left side of the brain respectively. With this information, neurologists and other healthcare professionals may be able to increase the quality of healthcare delivery for these patients.

Keywords: [hemispherectomy, correlate, cerebral, paralysis, epilepsy]