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Can deep brain stimulation fix my syringomyelia?

Can deep brain stimulation fix my syringomyelia?

DBS & Syrinx: No. DBS can not treat Syringomyelia (Syrinx). A Syrinx is a structural defect in the spinal cord. DBS treats disorders such as Parkinson disease, Essential Tremor and Dystonia that deal with neurotransmitter deficits and incorrect signaling of neurons. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Deep Brain Stimulation (Definition)

Deep brain stimulators are used in the treatment of parkinson's and tremors. A person is scanned with a MRI or ct frame on their head. A burrhole is then made and a stimulator wire is passed into a precise deep brain target. This is connected to a stimulator which placed under the skin. They are very expensive but ...Read more


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Are there risks with deep brain stimulation?

Are there risks with deep brain stimulation?

DBS: With any surgery there are risks. Infection, bleeding, stroke among them. There are also risks with anesthesia and i would inquire from both your surgeon and anesthesiologist. ...Read more

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How should I go about applying for deep brain stimulation?

How should I go about applying for deep brain stimulation?

Talk to neurosurgeon: This procedure is usually done by a neurosurgeon with a neurologist helping. Look in your local area to see if any of these providers offer this service. ...Read more

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What exactly is deep brain stimulation surgery?

What exactly is deep brain stimulation surgery?

Electrodes in brain: Deep brain stimulation is a procedure used for advanced parkinson's, essential tremor and dystonia. It involves guiding thin electrodes to deep structures in the brain, with submillimetric accuracy in the best circumstances. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is deep brain stimulation?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is deep brain stimulation?

Neuromodulation: DBS is a therapy that uses small amount of electricity through a stimulator electrode precisely placed in nodal points of brain circuitry to modify the output of brain. If placed in motor circuits it helps Parkinson's and tremor and dystonia, in sensory circuits it can help pain and in lambic circuits it can help OCD and depression ...Read more

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Can deep brain stimulation cause cognitive problems?

Can deep brain stimulation cause cognitive problems?

Possibly: Dbs holds promise as a treatment for parkinson's disease, depression, and ocd. It is still listed as an experimental treatment by the nimh. Possible side effects include: bleeding in the brain or stroke, infection, disorientation or confusion, unwanted mood changes, movement disorders, lightheadedness, and trouble sleeping. It's experimental so other as yet unidentified side effects may occur. ...Read more

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Is deep brain stimulation recommended for severe ocd?

Is deep brain stimulation recommended for severe ocd?

Treatment resistant: Deep brain stimulation can be used for severe ocd, but only after all other treatments are exhausted. It is an invasive treatment, but can be of use. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/3/60/. ...Read more

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Could a person operated with deep brain stimulation work in a printing factory?

Yes.: Patients that have undergone deep brain stimulation (dbs) surgery are able to do pretty much everything that they could do before the surgery. Trauma to the implantable pulse generator (ipg, or "battery") in the chest and the connecting wires should be avoided. Especially with recent advances in ipgs, there is limited interaction between environmental magnetic fields and the device. ...Read more

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Is it possible to end up cognitive problems as a result of deep brain stimulation?

Is it possible to end up cognitive problems as a result of deep brain stimulation?

Yes, but it is rare: It is possible to have cognitive side effects from dbs surgery. Some of this could come from a stroke or bleed (both of which are rare). There have been cases, particularly in parkinson disease when leads were implanted in the subthalamic nucleus, where patients have had psychosis. Fortunately these types of side effects are usually quite rare. ...Read more

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What do they give you to stop shaking when you're having the deep brain stimulation operation?

What do they give you to stop shaking when you're having the deep brain stimulation operation?

Deep Brain Stim: Deep brain stimulation works by inserting small electrodes into specific targets in the brain. These targets are involved with movement. Stimulating these areas with low levels of electricity help control unwanted shaking. ...Read more

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Please explain what do they give you to stop shaking when you are having the deep brain stimulation operation?

Rebalance the brain: The shaking is from an imbalance to activity in areas of the brain that control movement. The deep brain electrode stimulates an area of the brain to bring the activity back into balance and stop the shaking, in some cases with dramatic results. ...Read more

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I will be tested for candidate for deep brain stimulation surgery. Is there financial help for this procedure?

I will be tested for candidate for deep brain stimulation surgery. Is there financial help for this procedure?

Usually: Olivia, you should ask the manager at the specific office where you got tested. There should be different ways of getting financial help. Alternatively a social worker might help finding financial resources. ...Read more

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Since there's deep brain stimulation that stimulate neurons, is there deep brain "inhibition" that inhibits neurons?

Since there's deep brain stimulation that stimulate neurons, is there deep brain "inhibition" that inhibits neurons?

Yes: It is interesting that it is called " stimulation", in fact it inhibits the neuron depending upon the degree of stimulation applied. For example the involuntary movement of Parkinson's disease are controlled by "inhibition". Similarly " interstim" is the technique to stimulate to cause inhibition of bladder contractions to cure loss of urinaty control. The entire process is well understood. ...Read more

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Is deep brain stimulation for depression helpful?

Is deep brain stimulation for depression helpful?

Very Likely: Dbs is the surgical placement of electrodes on 2 brain sites, which are then stimulated by electric currents. A small study suggests that dbs might be helpful for 60% of people who get treated with it - which is a good result when you are treating treatment refractory cases. Due to its invasiveness meds, transcranial magnetic stimulation (tms), and ECT should probably be considered beforehand. ...Read more

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What is deep brain stimulation for?

What is deep brain stimulation for?

DBS Used For?: Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is used to treat idiopathic Parkinson Disease, Cervical Dystonia, Essential Tremor, Generalized Dystonia (DYT1) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It is also being researched for the treatment of Epilepsy and Depression. ...Read more

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What is the current usage of deep brain stimulation?

What is the current usage of deep brain stimulation?

Parkinson's disese: In certain cases of pd when the medications previously helpful are no longer beneficial and are in fact causing major side effects (such as chorea like movements) putting a deep brain stimulator may help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: deep brain stimulation?

What is the definition or description of: deep brain stimulation?

DBS: Deep brain stimulators are used in the treatment of parkinson's and tremors. A person is scanned with a MRI or ct frame on their head. A burrhole is then made and a stimulator wire is passed into a precise deep brain target. This is connected to a stimulator which placed under the skin. They are very expensive but do work very well. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Falci
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Syringomyelia (Definition)

Syringomyelia is the development of a fluid-filled cavity or syrinx within the spinal cord, which may be related to blockage of the Cerebrospinal Fluid ...Read more