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Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation for Orthostatic Tremor

Authors:

Toby C. Yaltho,

Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, US
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William G. Ondo

Parkinson’s Disease Center and Movement Disorders Clinic, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, US
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Abstract

Background: Orthostatic tremor is an uncommon disorder manifest by high frequency, low amplitude leg tremor upon weight bearing. Treatment with oral tremor agents is inconsistent and usually not satisfactory.

Methods: We implanted bilateral ventralis intermedius nuclei deep brain stimulators into an 82-year-old male with refractory orthostatic tremor.

Results: The patient had a marked subjective and objective improvement in leg and arm tremor, mainly manifested by an improved ability to stand.

Discussion: Bilateral thalamic deep brain stimulation may be considered in refractory cases of orthostatic tremor.

How to Cite: Yaltho TC, Ondo WG. Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation for Orthostatic Tremor. Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements. 2011;1:tre-01-26-56-2. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7916/D8NZ86C1
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Published on 10 Aug 2011.
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