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Bilateral subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation in a patient with cervical dystonia and essential tremor

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  • Kelvin L. Chou MD,

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    1. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Brown University Medical School, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
    • 111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
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  • Howard I. Hurtig MD,

    1. Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Jurg L. Jaggi PhD,

    1. Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Gordon H. Baltuch MD, PhD, FRCS(C)

    1. Department of Neurosurgery, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Abstract

The role of subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) is well established in Parkinson's disease, but experience with STN DBS in other movement disorders is limited. We report on a patient with medically refractory cervical dystonia and essential tremor resulting in dystonic head tremor and action tremor of the hands who obtained complete tremor suppression and near resolution of her cervical dystonia with bilateral STN stimulation. The results in this case demonstrate that STN DBS can dramatically improve dystonia and tremor in nonparkinsonian movement disorders. © 2004 Movement Disorder Society

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