Posted by: mericonpharma | July 31, 2011

Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease

transforms lives of those with Parkinson’s disease.

Tom Keilen couldn’t grab a glass of water without spilling it all over himself. Plagued with uncontrollable tremors at just 57 years old, the Michigan resident was fighting a battle against an aggressive case of Parkinson’s disease.He couldn’t work at his job as a plastering contractor. His arms would flail uncontrollably, and the medications usually prescribed for Parkinson’s didn’t help enough.

Keilen sought help at the University of Michigan, where after an extensive assessment, he underwent a deep brain stimulation surgery in which a thin wire electrode is placed precisely in the brain and produces electrical signals. Keilen’s surgery, part of U-M’s Surgical Therapies Improving Movement (STIM) program, was successful in almost eliminating the tremors.If it weren’t for the deep brain stimulation, I wouldn’t be sitting here. My arms would be flying. I’d be sitting in a nursing home, says Keilen, who adds he bought a dream car after learning he’d be undergoing the procedure.“I’m still able to drive my hot rod. That’s my reward.

Movement disorders like Parkinson’s and essential tremors are a lot more common than many people think, says Kelvin Chou, M.D., co-director of the STIM program and associate professor in U-M’s Department of Neurology.

Up to 5 percent of the general population is affected by essential tremors and about one in 1,000 have Parkinson’s. The Parkinson’s numbers are much higher for those over 60 — one in 100 have the

Read more: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease | MedIndia


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