Functional Neurosurgical Treatment Options:
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Deep brain stimulation is now frequently used to treat patients with dystonia who do not respond adequately to medical therapy. Patients can often have dramatic improvements in their symptoms while reducing their medications. Dystonia patients who desire an evaluation for surgery at Northwestern Memorial are seen by both a fellowship-trained movement disorders neurologist and a fellowship-trained movement disorders neurosurgeon. Published data of patients with dystonia undergoing deep brain stimulation are smaller than those for tremor and Parkinson’s disease. However, dystonia and torticollis (cervical dystonia) also appear to respond well to stimulation. While many dystonias respond well to stimulation, patients with certain genetic forms (such as those due to changes in the “DYT” genes) do especially well. Generalized dystonia and cervical dystonia (torticollis) can improve by as much as 75 percent.
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