A nonsurgical treatment to reduce tremor and to block involuntary movements in patients with motion disorders. Small electric shocks are delivered to the thalamus (especially in the treatment of multiple sclerosis) or the globus pallidus (especially in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease), rendering these parts of the brain inactive without surgically destroying them.
- In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved deep brain stimulation for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia.
- Father-of-four Mike Robins became one of the first people in the UK to undergo a life-changing surgical treatment called deep brain stimulation five years ago.
- Researchers from Toronto, Canada, have successfully treated a small group of severely depressed patients who do not respond to standard types of treatment with deep brain stimulation or DBS.
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