What is Deep Brain Stimulation Used for?
What kinds of neurologic conditions can be treated with deep brain stimulation?
Deep brain stimulation is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat a variety of movement and neurologic disorders including:
. Parkinson’s disease
. Essential tremor
. Obsessive compulsive disorder
Deep brain stimulation is also being studied for use in the following conditions:
. Multiple sclerosis
. Chronic pain
. Traumatic brain injury
. Tourette syndrome
. Stroke recovery
. Thalamic pain syndrome
. Alzheimer’s disease
. Anorexia nervosa
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Who is a candidate for deep brain stimulation surgery?
Before being considered a candidate for deep brain stimulation (DBS), patients must undergo an extensive evaluation process. Ideally, a multidisciplinary team of specialists including a neurologist, neurosurgeon, neuropsychologist and psychiatrist will assess the patient.
If patients are well managed on medications, DBS is not considered. Candidates for DBS are generally patients who meet these criteria:
. Symptoms are not well controlled despite receiving the appropriate dose of medications.
. Symptoms are significantly reducing a patient’s quality of life.
. Side effects from current medications cannot be tolerated.
What are the advantages of deep brain stimulation (DBS)?
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has many advantages:
. Unlike some other surgical options, DBS does not cause permanent damage in any part of the brain.
. The electrical stimulation is adjustable and reversible as the person's disease changes or his or her response to medications change.
. Because DBS is reversible and causes no permanent brain damage, use of innovative not-yet-available treatment options may be possible.
. The stimulator can also be turned off at any time if DBS is causing excessive side effects without any long-term consequences.
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