Penn State Health: Deep Brain Stimulation

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder.

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a surgical procedure to treat symptoms in patients with movement disorders, including essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease. DBS uses a device called a neurostimulator to deliver small electric signals to the areas of the brain that control movement. A typical candidate is one whose symptoms are worsening and require increased medication, either in terms of dose, frequency or the number of medications taken.

 

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