What is Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation?

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Generic name: Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a neurosurgical treatment which stimulates the brain with mild electrical signals. DBS is used to treat tremor and other motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. DBS has been applied to the thalamus, subthalamic nucleus and the pallidum areas of the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Parkinson's disease 6 5
Chronic pain syndrome 1 0
Jerky movements 1 1
Stiffness/spasticity 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 3
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

Side effect Patients
Balance problems 2
Cognitive impairment 1
Speech problems 1
Voice changes 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

Dosage Patients
4 other daily 1
daily 1
five times daily 1

Duration

Currently using Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 3

Stopped using Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 3
Last updated:

1 patient evaluation for Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation

Mar 7, 2011 (Started Mar 07, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Parkinson's disease)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: Blog article posted at http://shakypawsgrampa.blogspot.com/2011/09/deep-brain-stimulation.html
Cost: < $25 monthly

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