EEG biofeedback in treating epilepsy

epilepsyResearchers at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas reviewed the evidence on neurofeedback and epilepsy.

First, the details.

  • 10 studies provided enough outcome information to permit including the results in a meta-analysis.
  • Each study included patients whose seizures were not controlled by medical therapies.

And, the results.

  • All studies reported an overall average decrease in seizure incidence following treatment.
  • 64 out of 87 patients (74%) reported fewer weekly seizures in response to EEG biofeedback.

The bottom line?
The authors concluded, “EEG operant conditioning was found to produce a significant reduction on seizure frequency.”

The results are noteworthy given the patients studied were unable to control their seizures with medical treatment.

10/3/09 19:49 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.