Thalamic stimulation for primary writing tremor

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From: Journal of Neurology(Vol. 248, Issue 5)
Publisher: Springer
Document Type: Author abstract
Length: 207 words

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Byline: Brad A. Racette (1), Joshua Dowling (2), Jennifer Randle (1), Jonathan W. Mink (1) Keywords: Key words Primary writing tremor; Deep brain stimulation; Essential tremor; Dystonia Abstract: We report a patient with primary writing tremor whose tremor was treated with thalamic stimulation. He had undergone trials of multiple oral medications with no benefit for his tremor. An electrode lead was implanted in the thalamic nucleus ventralis intermedius with nearly complete control of his tremor and no postoperative complications. We conclude that nucleus ventralis intermedius thalamic stimulation is safe and effective for primary writing tremor. Author Affiliation: (1) Department of Neurology and Neurologic Surgery (Neurology), Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, USA, Tel.: 1-314-747-0532, Fax: 1-314-362-0168, e-mail-racetteb@neuro.wustl.edu, US (2) Department of Neurology and Neurologic Surgery (Neurosurgery), Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, USA, US (3) Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, USA, US (4) Department of Pediatrics Washington, University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, USA, US Article note: Received: 30 March 2000 / Received in revised form: 31 October 2000 / Accepted: 13 November 2000

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