Thalamic stimulation for the treatment of midline tremors in essential tremor patients

A. A. Obwegeser, R. J. Uitti, M. F. Turk, A. J. Strongosky, Robert E. Wharen

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Abstract

The authors prospectively collected unblinded data from 27 consecutive patients following thalamic stimulation. A significant reduction of midline tremor was achieved after unilateral surgery, but a staged contralateral surgery had an additional effect. A subgroup analysis showed significant beneficial effects for head, voice, tongue, and face tremor. The most frequent reversible side effects were disequilibrium, dysarthria, and paresthesias. We observed more pulse generator adjustments for speech problems in the bilaterally implanted group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2342-2344
Number of pages3
JournalNeurology
Volume54
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 27 2000

Keywords

  • Essential tremor
  • Stimulation
  • Thalamic nuclei

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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    Obwegeser, A. A., Uitti, R. J., Turk, M. F., Strongosky, A. J., & Wharen, R. E. (2000). Thalamic stimulation for the treatment of midline tremors in essential tremor patients. Neurology, 54(12), 2342-2344. https://doi.org/10.1212/WNL.54.12.2342