Saturday, June 22, 2013

Deep Brain Stimulation

DBS is an amazing intervention for treating motor control disorders such as Parkinsons and Dystonia. These diseases are typically caused by dysfunction or death of various cell populations in the deep brain such as the substantia nigra or globus pallidus. DBS is amazing because it stops tremor instantaneously; turning the neurostimulator off usually causes the symptoms to return immediately.

This video shows a great example of this phenomenon. This gentleman appears to be a DBS patient from New Zealand. Watch as he turns his DBS on and off again. Pretty amazing.

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