Journal article

Thalamotomy versus thalamic stimulation for multiple sclerosis tremor

RG Bittar, J Hyam, D Nandi, SY Wang, XG Liu, C Joint, PG Bain, R Gregory, J Stein, TZ Aziz

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

Disabling intractable tremor occurs frequently in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). There is currently no effective medical treatment available, and the results of surgical intervention have been variable. Thalamotomy has been the mainstay of neurosurgical therapy for intractable MS tremor, however the popularisation of deep brain stimulation (DBS) has led to the adoption of chronic thalamic stimulation in an attempt to ameliorate this condition. With the goal of examining the relative efficacy and adverse effects of these two surgical strategies, we studied twenty carefully selected patients with intractable MS tremor. Thalamotomy was performed in 10 patients, with chronic DBS administ..

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