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Epilepsy surgery in professional musicians: subjective and objective reports of three cases.
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PMID:  16143569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We describe a small series of three professional musicians who had right (two patients) and left (one patient) temporal lobe epilepsy surgery with the histological diagnoses of hippocampal sclerosis (two patients) and benign tumor (one patient, xanthoastrocytoma). The musicians were asked to complete a questionnaire about their musical abilities before and after surgery with respect to special musical skills like melody processing, musical memory, rhythm, meter, harmony/dissonance, timbre, concentration and endurance, emotionality, and absolute pitch. In addition, the musicians submitted reports of their experiences. Surgical outcome was excellent with respect to seizures and professional skills. The two patients with right temporal lobe epilepsy reported improvements of specific musical abilities. Vocational development was very positive in all three patients. We conclude that epilepsy surgery can be safe and rewarding in professional musicians and propose initiating a database on epilepsy surgery in this special group of patients.
Reinhard Schulz; Simone Horstmann; Hennric Jokeit; Friedrich G Woermann; Alois Ebner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-09-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epilepsy & behavior : E&B     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1525-5050     ISO Abbreviation:  Epilepsy Behav     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-28     Completed Date:  2005-12-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100892858     Medline TA:  Epilepsy Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  552-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Epilepsy Centre Bethel, Maraweg 21, D-33617 Bielefeld, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Amobarbital / diagnostic use
Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / pathology,  psychology*,  surgery*
Hypnotics and Sedatives / diagnostic use
Intelligence Tests
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Aged
Music / psychology*
Neuropsychological Tests
Neurosurgical Procedures*
Treatment Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hypnotics and Sedatives; 57-43-2/Amobarbital

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