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Can split brain surgery treat parkinson's?

Can split brain surgery treat parkinson's?

No: Parkinson's is best treated with medications first and then if not improving, it can be treated using deep brain stimulation. As of today, there are no cures for parkinson's and hence despite either therapy, most patient will slowly worsen with time. ...Read more

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Can brain surgery treat Parkinson's disease?

Can brain surgery treat Parkinson's disease?

Yes, it sure can!!: Deep brain stimulation therapy of the stn (sub-thalamic nucleus) or gpi (globus pallidus interna) can greatly improve "on" time (good function with minimized symptoms) & greatly reduce dyskinesia (twisting, writhing, jerking movements during "on" time). Good candidates must be not demented, psychiatrically stable, & still demonstrating good symptom relief from meds, but with inconsistent results. ...Read more

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How does deep brain stimulation (dbs) treat Parkinson's disease?

How does deep brain stimulation (dbs) treat Parkinson's disease?

We don't fully know: But the wires are placed into deep basal ganglia nuclei and the electrical impulses stimulate the electrochemical discharges and basically help management of fluctuations and varying symptoms. One item of interest is absence of benefit if unresponsive to L-DOPA, so, obviously, this is one potential explanation, but not all to it. ...Read more

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What areas of the brain will Parkinson's disease affect?

What areas of the brain will Parkinson's disease affect?

The substantia nigra: Parkinson's disease destroys the dopaminergic neurons that live in a part of the midbrain called the substantia nigra (dark substance). The loss of Dopamine causes the basal ganglia to malfunction and this causes the slowness, tremor and dementia. ...Read more

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I have brain surgery for parkinson's, what to do?

I have brain surgery for parkinson's, what to do?

?DBS: These days, when brain surgery for Parkinson's is considered, we refer to Deep Brain Stimulation. Am perplexed by your age of 32, as this is very your for Parkinson's. However, if you have toxic etiology and not doing well, DBS may be miraculous. If you have misgivings, get 2 surgical opinions. ...Read more

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How risky is brain operation in Parkinson's disease?

How risky is brain operation in Parkinson's disease?

Routine risk: More and more dbs units are being surgically implanted into brains of parkinson pts, and if there is need for surgery for another reason, risk should be about similar to pts without the disorder. Main problem in this age group is the presence of medicine for cardiac or stroke prevention which could prolong bleeding if not stopped pre-operatively. ...Read more

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What causes the loss of dopamine in your brain that eventually leads to Parkinson's disease?

What causes the loss of dopamine in your brain that eventually leads to Parkinson's disease?

Don't really know: The cause of Parkinson's disease is not fully clear, but we do see cases after repetitive head trauma, secondary to multiple strokes, after exposure to carbon monoxide and manganese, and rarely carbon disulfide. ...Read more

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Are brain operations for Parkinson's usually safe?

Are brain operations for Parkinson's usually safe?

Yes: These days, deep brain stimulation most commonly utilized and safety is 10/10. Biggest risk is from hemorrhage passing the electrodes. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could semi-parkinson be cured by 'brain operation' at the age of 63?

Please tell me, could semi-parkinson be cured by 'brain operation' at the age of 63?

Neurosurgery: Parkinson's cannot be cured by any of the present surgical procedures. In severe cases there are some surgeries available that can help reduce and control some of the more severe symptoms and help in walking. ...Read more

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Can a brain tumor be mistaken for Parkinson's or disorders?

Can a brain tumor be mistaken for Parkinson's or disorders?

Very unlikely: This is easily sorted out with a brain mri: a tumor would be a very obvious abnormality, whereas pd should have a relatively normal MRI appearance. We often see, however, mild-moderate atrophy (generalized shrinkage of volume of the brain) in pd. I have never seen a solid tumor of the brain mimic pd convincingly. Don't let a benign tumor (meningioma) be confused as a cause of true pd, however :). ...Read more

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How does Parkinson's cause a slowing of movement in the brain?

How does Parkinson's cause a slowing of movement in the brain?

Parkinson: Parkinson shows tremor, rigidity & hypokynesias (slow movement). The slowing is due to depletion of Dopamine content in the nervous system. ...Read more

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Can deep brain stimulation cure Parkinson's disorder?

Can deep brain stimulation cure Parkinson's disorder?

No, but very helpful: Deep brain stimulation therapy of the stn (sub-thalamic nucleus) or gpi (globus pallidus interna) can greatly improve "on" time (good function with minimized symptoms) & greatly reduce dyskinesia (twisting, writhing, jerking movements during "on" time). Good candidates must be not demented, psychiatrically stable, & still demonstrating good symptom relief from meds, but with inconsistent results. ...Read more

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Does brain surgery for Parkinson's disease really work?

Does brain surgery for Parkinson's disease really work?

Yes: In the proper patient, brain surgery for parkinson;s disease does work. One surgery that is done is the implantation of deep brain stimulators. These are electrodes that are placed in the brain and are connected to stimulation units implanted on the chest wall. There are specialized neurosurgery centers that are doing these procedures. Your neurologist should be able to give you some direction. ...Read more

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Is deep brain stimulation any help for Parkinson's disease?

Is deep brain stimulation any help for Parkinson's disease?

Yes: The motor symptoms are often helped. Consider a consultation with an expert clinic specializing in this area. Not everyone is a candidate and all surgery has risks and benefits. ...Read more

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Is deep brain stimulation suggested for Parkinson's disease?

Is deep brain stimulation suggested for Parkinson's disease?

Yes Class 1 evidence: There is high quality medical evidence for significant benefit from dbs in parkinson's disease. See this link: http://jama.Jamanetwork.Com/article.Aspx?Articleid=183161. ...Read more

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Parkinson's disease - dbs deep brain stimulation, what does this do?

Parkinson's disease - dbs deep brain stimulation, what does this do?

Electrical stim.: This involves an exacting neurosurgical procedure and wire placement is critical, but the device can control tremors, imbalance, and on-off deterioration, and might remarkably transform capacity of advanced patients to function. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease?

Hours of relief!: Dbs is relatively a new intervention: surgically implanted electrical stimulator to a specific area in the brain, this procedure can bring hours of relief from symptoms of parkinson's. Its not a replacement for medications. This procedure is usually recommended when the patient's responsivity to drug treatment begins to decrease. ...Read more

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Parkinsons symptoms in brain--does it cause dementia or depression?

Parkinsons symptoms in brain--does it cause dementia or depression?

Both!: Up to 60% of parkinson's patient experience mild to moderate depression and 20% of patients will develop dementia. ...Read more

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