Deep brain stimulation for dystonia

Wei Hu, Matt Stead

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Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective surgical treatment for medication-refractory movement disorders, and has been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for treatment of dystonia. The success of DBS in the treatment of dystonia depends on our understanding of the anatomy and physiology of this disorder and close collaboration between neurosurgeons, neurologists, clinical neurophysiologists, neuroradiologists and neuropsychologists. Currently, pallidal DBS is an established treatment option for medically refractive dystonia. This review is intended to provide a comprehensive review of the use of DBS for dystonia, focusing mainly on the surgical aspects, clinical outcome, MRI findings and side effects of DBS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2
JournalTranslational Neurodegeneration
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 21 2014


  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Dystonia
  • Globus pallidus
  • Neuromodulation
  • Surgical outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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