Deep brain stimulation to treat hyperkinetic symptoms of cockayne syndrome

Authors

  • Matthew O. Hebb MD, PhD,

    1. Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • Paula Gaudet MSc,

    1. Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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  • Ivar Mendez MD, PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Division of Neurosurgery, QEII Health Science Centre, 1796 Summer Street, Room 3807, Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 3A7
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Abstract

Cockayne syndrome manifests a spectrum of neurological dysfunction that includes medically intractable movement disorders. Deep brain stimulation has not been well studied in such rare neurodegenerative conditions. In this case, stimulation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of the thalamus was used to manage severe motor symptoms in a young man with Cockayne syndrome. There was a marked and progressive response to thalamic stimulation within weeks of surgery. These results suggest that patients with Cockayne syndrome should be considered for deep brain stimulation to treat refractory movement disorders. © 2005 Movement Disorder Society

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