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Tumor Related Epilepsy

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 8 Years
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)



Brain Tumor;
Brain Cancer;
Seizure Disorder;
Natural History

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Brain Neoplasm

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)




Supporting Site

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Some people with brain tumors have seizures related to the tumor. This is called tumor-related epilepsy. Usually brain tumors are treated by removing as much of the brain tumor as possible without causing problems. Researchers think this may improve the outcome for people with brain tumors. It may completely relieve or greatly reduce the number of seizures they have.


To evaluate people with brain tumors that are associated with seizures and to offer surgical treatment. Also, to study how surgery affects seizures.


People age 8 and older who have a brain tumor with associated seizures. They must be willing to have brain surgery to treat their epilepsy.


Participants will be screened with a review of their medical records.

Participants will have a medical history and physical exam.

Participants will be admitted to the hospital at NIH. They will have

Medical history

Physical exam

Neurological exam

Tests of memory, attention, and thinking

Questions about their symptoms and quality of life

Blood drawn

They may also have:

MRI or CT scan. They will lie on a table that slides in and out of a machine that takes pictures. For part of the MRI, they will get a dye through an intravenous (IV) catheter.

Video electroencephalography monitoring. Electrodes will be placed on the scalp. The participant s brain waves will be recorded while doing normal activities. Participants will be videotaped.

Participants will keep a seizure diary before and after surgery.

Participants will have surgery to remove their brain tumor and the brain area where their seizures start.

They will stay in the hospital up to a week after surgery.

Participants have for follow-up visits at NIH.

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To be eligible for entry into the study, a candidate must meet all the following criteria:

-Be 8 years of age or older.

-Have solitary primary or recurrent brain tumor with associated seizures. Brain tumor may be diagnosed radiologically. Associated seizures are defined as those with activity starting within three months of radiologic diagnosis of the primary or recurrent tumor. In cases when the timing of seizure activity is unclear with respect to the timing of diagnosis, seizures will be considered associated with the tumor if seizure semiology is consistent with that location. Ongoing seizures are not required. Patients can be included if they have had a single previous seizure. Patients who have not experienced seizures after institution of anti-convulsant therapy are not excluded.

-Agree to undergo brain surgery.


Candidates will be excluded if they:

-Have a bleeding disorder that cannot be corrected before invasive testing or surgery, or other medical conditions that would make surgery unsafe, such as lung or cardiac disease that would render them unable to tolerate the risk of general anesthesia, or severe immunodeficiency or systemic cancer not related to a brain lesion.

-Cannot have an MRI scan.

-Have multiple brain tumors, evidence of carcinomatous meningitis, gliomatosis cerebri, or primary CNS lymphoma. Patients with multiple metastatic lesions that for which surgery is not indicated will be exluded. Patients with peripheral neurological or systemic metabolic disorders that cause seizures will be excluded.

-Have an underlying seizure disorder that is unrelated to the brain tumor, or underlying neurological disorder that is unrelated to the brain tumor and that may contribute to seizure activity.

-At the time of enrollment, lack consent capacity due to cognitive impairment that would make them incapable of understanding the explanation of the procedures in this study. Cognitive capacity to consent will be determined at the time of enrollment. Patients with mental disorders or those patients who are cognitively impaired yet still retain consent capacity will not be excluded. Children may be enrolled if there is a parent or guardian able to consent on their behalf.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Kareem A. Zaghloul, M.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
(301) 594-8114

Gretchen C. Scott, R.N.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 3D20
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 496-2921

Office of Patient Recruitment
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Building 61, 10 Cloister Court
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Toll Free: 1-800-411-1222
Local Phone: 301-451-4383
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