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Abstract Details

Assessing Neuropsychology Testing Variation at Level IV Epilepsy Centers
Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG)
P1 - Poster Session 1 (8:00 AM-9:00 AM)
9-001

Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) is a minimally invasive epilepsy surgery option with increasing evidence regarding efficacy outcomes for seizure freedom and cognition. While post operative neuropsychology outcomes are long published for open resection, data are less available for LITT. The standard of care LAANTERN (Laser Ablation of Abnormal Neurological Tissue Using NeuroBlate System) Registry is an ongoing prospective multi-center study of LITT patients which did not include neuropsychological outcomes. Standard of care multicenter neuropsychology testing collection is complicated by differing testing protocols between centers.

To assess standard of care neuropsychology testing across multiple level IV epilepsy centers
Active epilepsy LITT sites within LAANTERN were identified.  An electronic survey instrument that interrogated standard of care neuropsychological measures and timing of administration at each site was distributed to 17 LAANTERN sites.
Ten respondents (60% neuropsychologist, 20% epileptologist/neurologist, 20% epilepsy surgeon) at nine sites completed the survey instrument.  All ten respondents regularly assess each cognitive domain.  All sites perform comprehensive neuropsychology testing pre-LITT; however, no single neuropsychology test is performed across all centers. The Boston Naming, Digit Span, Grooved Pegboard, Trail Making Test A&B, and Wechler’s Memory Scale were done by nine of ten respondents.  Two thirds of tests are done by >50% of respondents. Most (90%) repeat neuropsychology testing between six to 12 months following surgery.
All responding LAANTERN sites perform comprehensive preoperative neuropsychological testing. Neuropsychological test selection ranges greatly between centers which can impact multicenter study design. Based on survey results, seven tests can be considered “preferred”, which include the above-mentioned tests as well as the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test-Revised and the Animal Naming Test. A multicenter study (NCT05075850) was initiated from these results to explore potential changes across cognitive domains and raw scores after LITT. 
Authors/Disclosures
Patrick Landazuri, MD, FAAN (University of Kansas - Department of Neurology - Comprehensive Epilepsy Center)
PRESENTER
Dr. Landazuri has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as an Expert Witness for Federal Public Defender - District of Kansas. Dr. Landazuri has received publishing royalties from a publication relating to health care.
Jennifer Gess, PhD Dr. Gess has nothing to disclose.
David Denney David Denney has nothing to disclose.
Bradley Folley No disclosure on file
Christian LoBue, PhD The institution of Dr. LoBue has received research support from NIA. The institution of Dr. LoBue has received research support from Alzheimer's Association. The institution of Dr. LoBue has received research support from Department of Defense. The institution of Dr. LoBue has received research support from AWARE Organization.
Melissa Sutcliffe, PhD (UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh) The institution of Dr. Sutcliffe has received research support from Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.
Taylor Abel, MD (UPMC) Dr. Abel has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as a Consultant for Monteris Medical.
James Baumgartner, MD (Advent health) Dr. Baumgartner has received personal compensation in the range of $5,000-$9,999 for serving as a Consultant for PMT Corporation.
Joseph S Neimat, MD (University of Louisville) Dr. Neimat has received personal compensation in the range of $5,000-$9,999 for serving on a Scientific Advisory or Data Safety Monitoring board for Monteris, Abbott.
Viktoras Palys, MD,Other (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences) Dr. Palys has nothing to disclose.
Caleb Pearson, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center) Dr. Pearson has received publishing royalties from a publication relating to health care.