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Can deep brain stimulation treatment help Parkinson's patients with more than the shaking?

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Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery
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In brief: Yes

Deep brain stimulation can help patients with all three cardinal motor symptoms of parkinson's disease, including tremor, rigidity (or stiffness), and slowness (bradykinesia).
It does not help with non-motor symptoms, balance problems, or freezing.

In brief: Yes

Deep brain stimulation can help patients with all three cardinal motor symptoms of parkinson's disease, including tremor, rigidity (or stiffness), and slowness (bradykinesia).
It does not help with non-motor symptoms, balance problems, or freezing.
Dr. Nader Pouratian
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In brief: Further Detail

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.

In brief: Further Detail

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.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
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