February 19, 2007

Deep-brain Stimulation Studied for Difficult to Manage Tardive Dyskinesia

Medscape has an article on a small study (10 patients) using electrical stimulation deep within the brain as a treatment for difficult to manage (or "refractory") tardive dyskinesia (TD) which can result from the use of some antipsychotic medications.

The patients in the study had refractory TD, which doctors had not been able to alleviate. The results, reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry found the deep-brain stimulation treatment to be effective, with all 10 patients having treatment "success". The researchers conclude that this success offers the hope that deep-brain stimulation may provide a much-needed new treatment option for disabling, refractory TD.

The type of deep-brain stimulation tried in this study had already been studied with good results in patients with Parkinson's disease and movement disorders stemming from other neurologic disorders.

Read the full article: Deep Brain Stimulation May Help Treat Tardive Dyskinesia
Original Source Abstract: Bilateral Deep Brain Stimulation of the Globus Pallidus to Treat Tardive Dyskinesia

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I am curious about the deep brain stimulation and besides it helping people with tardix disconesia, could it be effective in helping people with schizophrenia?

Posted by: suki kelley at March 3, 2007 12:37 PM

I have a 27 year old son who has Tramatic Brain Injury, from a car accident. I am interested in Deep Brain Stimulation for him. Can you tell me how I can go about making him a candidate for this. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

Posted by: Lisa Hawk at August 22, 2007 11:38 AM

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