There was no consistency in the EEG pattern with these movements. But, they believe the movements look like seizures so they believe they are seizures. They believe that the scalp EEG is not able to pick them up. In the remaining tissue in her left hemisphere, she continues to have intermittent spiking when she is awake and frequent spiking when she is sleeping.
She is currently on Dilantin and Depakote. It is a good combination to be on coming out of surgery because they work through different channels in the brain. But the Dilantin speeds up the metabolism of Depakote, so we were never able to get her Depakote level to a therapeutic dose. With each relapse, we increased the Depakote which would temporarily solve the problem. So we are taking a different approach this time. We are weaning the Dilantin in hopes that it will increase her Depakote level and stop the seizures.
We are currently weaning Dilantin with no relief in seizures. In fact, they are more intense. I now have no doubt...they are definitely seizures and they are getting worse. I am not sure what to do. Either her brain needs the Dilantin -or- she is having withdrawal seizures that will eventually stabilize. In the past, EVERY SINGLE TIME we have weaned an anti-epileptic drug (AED), she had withdrawal seizures. Even if the drug did NOTHING to stop the seizures she was currently having.
So, we will play the "wait and see" game and hope the past holds true. I really do not want to add another AED. Dr. Chugani suggested Vimpat. That is one she has never tried so it's time to do my research.