• When performing a corpus callosotomy, the surgeon cuts the corpus callosum, which is the large fiber bundle that connects the two sides of the brain.
  • In contrast with lobectomy, corpus callosotomy does not involve removing any brain tissue. Instead, it usually involves cutting the front two-thirds of this bundle (a procedure called a "partial callosotomy") in the hope that the operation will markedly reduce the seizure frequency. Sometimes the other one-third is cut later ("complete callosotomy").
  • Corpus callosotomy is most effective for atonic seizures ("drop attacks"), tonic-clonic seizures, and tonic seizures.
  • Seizure frequency is reduced by an average of 70% to 80% after partial callosotomy and 80% to 90% after complete callosotomy.
Authored By: 
Howard L. Weiner, MD
Joseph I. Sirven, MD
Reviewed By: 
Joseph I. Sirven, MD
Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN
Reviewed Date: 
Sunday, August 25, 2013