World’s First Brain Implant for Epilepsy Control

Oran Knowlson, a UK teenager, became the first person to receive a brain implant for epilepsy control, reducing his seizures by 80%. Epilepsy, often causing jerking movements, confusion, and loss of consciousness, can be triggered by head injuries, tumors, or genetic conditions. Standard treatments include anti-seizure drugs, but 30% of patients are resistant. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), traditionally used for movement disorders, involves an electrical stimulator implanted in the brain. Oran’s innovative treatment involved direct brain implantation, improving seizure control. However, DBS is costly, with the device and surgery totaling around 17 lakh rupees, compared to traditional surgery costing 20,000 to 30,000 rupees.

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