Improvement of severe trunk spasms by bilateral high-frequency stimulation of the motor thalamus in a patient with chorea-acanthocytosis



We report on a patient with a severe form of chorea-acanthocytosis, intractable to medical treatment, who benefited from bilateral high-frequency stimulation (HFS) of the posterior ventral oral nucleus of the thalamus. The frequency of trunk spasms dramatically decreased after surgery and the clinical benefit remained stable 1 year later. However, no clear effect was observed on dysarthria nor on hypotonia, which always impaired gait. We propose that HFS of the motor thalamus is a potential treatment for choreic or truncal dystonic symptoms whenever hypotonia is not the main feature of the syndrome. © 2001 Movement Disorder Society